May Day is the International Day of Worker Solidarity and is celebrated on May 1st. In many countries, May Day is a national holiday, but not in Canada or the United States. Windsor hosts an annual march, traditionally followed by performances by local musicians. May Day is also one of the first events of MayWorks, organized by Artcite.
Unlike Labour Day, May Day is a very grassroots affair. Workers from all walks of life come together to organize the march and labour village, and it is funded entirely through donations and fundraising events.
May Day 2013’s “living museum” on Drouillard road was a huge success. For May Day 2014 we are hosting a labour village where unions and other groups will perform dramatic scenes to share famous historical labour events. This family-friendly event is open from 6pm to 8pm on May 1 at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Hall in Windsor at 547 Victoria Ave. The day will kick off with a march from the Art Gallery of Windsor (Riverside Dr. and Bruce Ave.) at 4:30pm.