April 16th, 2013
For immediate release,
[Windsor, ON] – This year, Windsor is celebrating International Workers’ Day with a twist—instead of the usual march downtown, city residents are invited to historic Drouillard Rd. to take a guided through tour a “Living Museum” of labour history. Starting at 5pm on Wednesday, May 1st, people will gather at Riverside Dr. E and Drouillard Rd. for tableaux and presentations of famous worker events, such as the Strike of 1945.
“In this city, we have a very rich labour history,” says Melisa Larue, a social advocate and member of the May Day Organizing Committee. “So few people realize that right here in Windsor people fought for the rights and standard of living that we enjoy today. We should be celebrating those victories, not letting them fade from memory.”
The “Living Museum” will be made up of a variety of community groups 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 Drouillard Rd. as each group performs their prepared scene.
Space is still available for organizations that wish to perform. Interested parties are asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The May Day Organizing Committee is an informal, volunteer committee of workers, activists, and citizens who come together each year to plan Windsor’s annual May Day celebrations.
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