This year, we’re organizing a “Living Museum” for May Day or, as some people know it, International Workers’ Day. A variety of community groups will be performing re-enactments or tableaux of historical events and labour struggles. People will dress up in period clothing to recite famous speeches, carry picket signs as they re-create illustrious strikes, or sing songs as they’re arrested fighting for free speech. The May Day host will lead people down the road as each group performs their prepared scene.
Where and when?
The Living Museum starts at 5pm on Wednesday, May 1st. People are to gather at Drouillard Rd. and Riverside Dr. and walk down Drouillard to Drouillard Park, where soap-boxing/open speeches will conclude the Living Museum.
Afterwards, there will be food, drinks, and open-mic music at Banja Luka Restaurant (almost right across the street from Drouillard Park). A buffet will be available for $13 a person. Open-mic entertainment is being hosted by Windsor’s own Rockin’ Robbee. There will be a cash bar.
There is also a May Day Aftershow on Sunday, May 5th, at FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. W). The door opens at 9pm, show starting at 10pm where Travis Reitsma and the Industrial Rose Band (from Windsor) will be opening for Three Little Birds (from Ottawa). Free pop will be available. There will be a cash bar.
How much will everything cost?
With the exception of the fund-raising dinner, events are free. All events are open to the public. We will be passing a hat around at the open-mic and aftershow if anyone wants to make donations, but we’re trying to make the events as accessible as possible.
Where can I park?
We’ve worked with Casino Windsor to allow attendees to park at the Casino lot at Riverside and Drouillard for free.
Can I share your poster on social media? Where can I get electronic copies of all your fliers?
You’re welcome to print and share electronically any posters or fliers. You can find PDFs and JPEGs of this years posters, fliers, and handbills here.
This is going to be AWESOME: how can I help out?
If you’d like to help out with traffic control or scouting, we’re looking for volunteers to assist us on the day-of. There will be an orientation meeting a few days before May Day that you’ll be required to attend, plus showing up on May 1st. Again, please contact us via email at email@example.com.