Join In Section

The annual MayDay Parade is held on the first Sunday in May. Thousands of people line the one-mile parade route so if you have a cause you want others to know about, this is the place to strut your stuff.

Registration

  • Advanced registration is required - due April 21, 2017 (*Sign up by April 1 and have your organization’s name in the MayDay Tabloid).
  • Download the 2017 MayDay Info Booth and Parade Join In Application Form
  • In keeping with the spirit of Mayday, we accept volunteer hours in exchange for the registration fees for both the Parade Join In section and Information Tables. See the application for more details and to enroll in the volunteer exchange program.

A Few Simple Rules for the Join In Section of the Parade

In addition to registration, we have a few simple rules that all groups are required to observe:

  • You must have a banner that identifies your group or organization. Combining groups or organizations is not advised.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • No amplified sound or megaphones.
  • No soliciting of any kind.
  • No distribution of flyers, food or other items.
  • Your message and the delivery of that message must be peaceful.
  • You must be respectful and follow the directions of parade officials,police officers and others charged with keeping the parade a safe and fun experience.
  • Line-up is first come, first served and begins at 11:00am on the day of the parade at Cedar Field (25th Street & Cedar Avenue).
  • Rain date is Sunday, May 14th. Please listen to KFAI or WCCO radio to check if weather looks questionable. The parade has only been postponed once due to weather conditions.
  • Groups that do not enter along Bloomington will be asked to wait until the entire parade has passed before joining in. Please do not enter the parade once it is going down Bloomington Ave.

Parade Float / Banner Rules & Regulations

All floats or puppets created for your group’s use in the Join In section must be made at your own expense outside of the MayDay public workshops.

No motorized vehicles are allowed.

Non-motorized floats must be pre-registered and approved by HOBT and display a “HOBT Approved” sign prominently on float. HOBT reserves the right to not accept any non-motorized floats that do not meet the HOBT MayDay Float Standards.

Please contact the MayDay Festival Coordinator at mayday@hobt.org or call 612-721-2535 for guidelines on parade float and banner rules and regulations. (For info about the story-telling part of the parade, visit the Parade Section.)

Allowable Dimensions & Rules

Floats
Parade floats cannot exceed 40 feet in length or 10 feet in width. The float, including any float attachments or protrusions or persons standing on the float cannot be higher than 12 feet, to accommodate the height of traffic signals and wires along the parade route. When choosing how to build your framework and wheel choice be mindful of the effects of vibration created by uneven and rough road surfaces for the one-mile parade. Utilize using light weight yet stable materials in the consideration in the building of the float. Have you considered the weight of your structure and the people operating it? Consider:
• 10-people is about 1,800-2,000 pounds
• Structure (steel? Wood?), say another 1,000 pounds
• Wheels are about 20 pounds each
• Bikes will be about 20 pounds each

Float Rules
During the transport process to and from the parade event, no one should ride on the float. There must be a braking system in place for all wheels. Braking systems cannot include someone standing in front of a float to stop it! Suggestions are: bicycle brakes; a series of handles on the float; foot brakes or any other effective breaking system to assure safety on inclines and corners. In addition to the braking system, it is highly recommended to have emergency wedges to set in front of the wheels in case of an emergency. Please practice with your float in advance to make sure that it can manage sharp turns and inclines!

All floats require at least one able-bodied person per float wheel accompanying the float at any time during the transport process and the parade.

Wind is always a concern for safety! Take the wind into account with the height of the float. Please note that parade officials reserve the right to bar floats or require float modifications for any reason, including the wind, on the day of the parade.

Banners
Parade banners cannot exceed 10 feet in width and cannot be higher than 10 feet tall. Banner poles should be lightweight, not flexible. All banners must have wind-slits in them to accommodate the effects of strong winds. Make sure that you have enough people to carry your banners.

Banner Rules
The parade route is one-mile in length with several stops along the way. There is a steep incline combined with a sharp turn close to the end of the parade. This also is heavily congested with people presenting potential danger and accidents.

Banners need to be made at a location other than In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre. The puppet making sessions at the Avalon are for the main section of the MayDay parade, and we only have the space to devote to those puppets that will be used in that section, so please find another space to make your creations for the Join In section of the parade.

For more info

Parade Route
  • Visit the Participate Page to discover all the options for being part of this one-of-a-kind community event.
  • If your group would like to have even more visibility at MayDay, think about getting an information table for this year's event.
  • Contact us with questions at 612-721-2535

38th street irregulars at the HOBT MayDay parade