With the arrival of 2013 comes anticipation for the Mayday festival in May. Sure, the Mayday festival no longer elicits the same response and following like it used to. It’s no longer the bulging discs that you can’t bear not think about. It has become diluted to some extent. Gone are the old reasons we use to celebrate Mayday festival. And yet it remains to be a potent attraction in many circles. There are still people who treasure Mayday for all the right reasons, and even for those who celebrate it for the heck of it, it is still a festival to behold.
Mayday 2013 is yet to come but the plans for a big bang this year are already underway. Just check out the schedules laid out from some of the most popular Mayday destinations worldwide and you now it’s still as popular as movie trailers online.
- In Dortmund, Germany where Mayday festival is one of the most important days on the calendar, an estimated 25,000 people are expected to descent to Dortmund on April 27-28 for 15-hours of rave parties and concerts. It’s widely honored as the Mother of all Raves, attracting DJs from far and wide who come to Germany to offer music of all genres – electro, trance, techno, hip-hop, pop, hard dance and many others. This is like blogging for kids; it’s utterly ubiquitous and hard to miss.
- In the US, in Powderhorn Park, South Minneapolis, the Mayday Parade comes alive on May 5, 2013. It’s a known festival of fancy not different from the allures of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. People party, dance, and parade their stuff to music, fun, and celebration that is not only iconic but also inspiring. With more than 30,000 people expected to attend the parade, it’s a can’t-miss event for the party faithful in the United States.
- In the UK, Mayday celebrations will also be held on May 5, 2013 and will he headlined by musicians from all over the world. The scene is particularly vibrant in Ipswich, Suffolk, England where Mayday celebrations have been going on for decades rivaling the allures of florists Victoria BC in Canada. This celebration features a more quant and local crowd but the spirit of Mayday remains ever present in these community gatherings.
- Elsewhere, many countries worldwide are also expected to celebrate the International Day of Labor on May 1, 2013. This has evolved to be a political expression of the Mayday tradition going back into the late 1950s and 1960s where laborers begun to recognize their rights and clamored for more benefits beyond just access to a PPI calculator. These people may not be partying hard as in traditional Mayday celebrations but you can be confident that people will take to the streets to honor their right to fair labor practices worldwide.
Mayday celebrations are both soothing and festive, a coconut for hair metaphor which allows people to carry the traditions of old into the present, give it a new twist, and still carry on the partying and merrymaking that is a big part of history. If you have yet to enjoy Mayday celebrations, find one that’s close to you and clear your calendar for a day of music, singing and dancing that only celebrations in May can offer.