We had a great, exciting, very busy weekend! Between a wedding reception, an IMAX movie ("Everest,") Dan's gig, the Living Green Expo, CD shopping, and the May Day Parade, we crammed about as much fun as humanly possible into two days! I'm exhausted, but in a good way. :)
I have never attended the May Day Parade before, but this year, Dan and I decided that it will be a yearly tradition from now on. We've never seen so many leftie hippies in one place before! Although the parade got off to a slow start, it was well worth the wait.
The title of the parade this year was, "A New Bridge: Infrastructure for the Future Beings." (The parade always has some sort of social-consciousness-raising theme.) To quote the May Day brochure:
"On August 1, 2007, we witnessed the fall of the 35W bridge. During the profound Ecumenical Memorial Service for the 13 citizens who perished in the river, Hamdy El-Sawaf of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of Minnesota offered these words:
"'If a bridge made of iron, steel and concrete can fall down, then a human bridge of faith, trust, confidence, and hope must be established.'
"These words challenge us to receive the tragedy of the fallen bridge as an opportunity to consider the infrastructure we are building for the present and future beings.
"Are we building toward depletion and collapse as consumers and conquerors, or are we building a path to sustainable, reciprocal harmony with the rest of the earth?
"Let us turn together with trust, faith, joy and ingenuity toward the work of building a bridge for safe passage through our transition to a glorious, sustainable, healthy life for all future beings."