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May Day Festival comes to the New Haven Green

On Saturday, May 1, the New Haven Green once again will come alive with speakers, artistic and musical events, and food. May Day is a multicultural festival that encourages community participation and is free and open to the public.

New Haven, CT – On Saturday, May 1, the New Haven Green once again will come alive with speakers, artistic and musical events, and food. May Day is a multicultural festival that encourages community participation and is free and open to the public.

For the past 23 years, the May Day Celebration Committee has honored International Workers’ Day by organizing an annual event on the New Haven Green. 2010 is the 24th year of May Day on the Green. Immigration Reform Now, part of a unified, nationwide march, starts at Front Street and Grand Avenue near the Quinnipiac Bridge in the Fair Haven section of New Haven; meeting at 10:30 and departing at 11am.

Schedule of events

  • 12:00 May Day Statement
  • 12:05 Mariachi Music and Speeches
  • 1:00 History of May Day by Greater New Haven Labor History Association (dramatic reading) www.laborhistory.org
  • 1:30 Age Of Reason (Acoustic Rock) www.AgeOfReasonMusic.com
  • 1:50 Jane LaTour, author, Sisters in the Brotherhood, speaking about women in blue collar jobs
    2:00 Moonshine Kellie (folk rock)
  • 2:20 Speak Out Time
  • 2:30 Slam Poetry Master, Ngoma www.NgomazWorld.com
  • 2:50 Bread is Rising Poetry Collective www.TheBreadIsRising.org
  • 3:00 Capoeira demonstration by Master Efraim www.ConnecticutCapoeira.com and UrsaMajor.HartNet.org/iccd/artists/silva
  • 3:20 Brandon McMahon (Contemporary Poet)
  • 3:30 Joseph FireCrow (Native American music) www.JosephFireCrow.com
  • 4:00 Maypole Dance : Led by Out On A Whim featuring Bill Fischer and Mickey Koth
  • 4:30 Katie Wilson and the Low Tide Boys (Bluegrass Music) www.KatieWilsonMusic.com
  • 4:50 Speak Out Time
  • 5:00 Eula (Alternative Rock) www.EulaMusic.com
  • 5:20 Speak Out Time 5:30Mista Mayday and The Hired Gun featuring West Road
    (Conscious Rap Music) MySpace.com/MistaMayDay
  • 6:00 East Village Pharmacy (Latin Reggae from NYC) www.EastVillagePharmacy.com

In most countries, International Workers’ Day is celebrated as the official Labor Day. In New Haven, in these days of economic devastation, U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, covert wars, and assaults upon hard won political rights, we raise the old banner and say “Working people of all countries, unite!”

Volunteers are needed.

Rain space is United Church at The Parish House at 323 Temple Street.

For information, contact Jeff Spalter (203) 843-3069 or Shadow at (203) 606-2456, or visit www.maydaynewhaven.org.

The 2010 May Day celebration is made possible with the support of the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Grants Program.

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