May Day 'Living Museum'

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 21:00 to Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 00:15

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 -5:00pm to 8:15pm

Information for May Day 2013
What’s happening?
This year, we’re organizing a “Living Museum” for May Day or, as some people know it, International Workers’ Day.  A variety of community groups will be 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 the road as each group performs their prepared scene.
Where and when?
The Living Museum starts at 5pm on Wednesday, May 1st. People are to gather at Drouillard Rd. and Riverside Dr. and walk down Drouillard to Drouillard Park, where soap-boxing/open speeches will conclude the Living Museum.
Afterwards, there will be food, drinks, and open-mic music at Banja Luka Restaurant (almost right across the street from Drouillard Park). A buffet will be available for $13 a person. There will be a cash bar.
There is also a May Day Aftershow on Sunday, May 5th, at FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. W). The door opens at 9pm, show starting at 10pm where Travis Reitsma and the Industrial Rose Band (from Windsor) will be opening for Three Little Birds (from Ottawa). Free pop will be available. There will be a cash bar.
On Thursday, April 18th, a fund-raising dinner is being held at Acapulco Delight Restaurant (656 Pitt St. W), 7pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students, retirees, and low-income people. A ticket includes a beef or vegetarian Mexican dinner, pop, and entry into a draw for a door prize. Tickets for a 50-50 raffle will also be sold at the dinner (the winner will be drawn at the dinner). There will be a cash bar.
How much will everything cost?
With the exception of the fund-raising dinner, events are free. All events are open to the public. We will be passing a hat around at the open-mic and aftershow if anyone wants to make donations, but we’re trying to make the events as accessible as possible.
How can I find more information?
Visit or email us at We also have a Facebook page at and we’ve been using the #may1windsor hashtag on Twitter.
This is going to be AWESOME: how can I help out?
If you’d like to organize a presentation, tableaux, re-enactment, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a costume coach, theatre consultant, and a small budget for costumes to help you out. The best way to contact us is by email ( and please do so as soon as possible.

If you’d like to help out in a more general way, we’re looking for volunteers to assist us on the day-of. This could include traffic control, helping to transport gear, and directing people to the right spot. There will be an orientation meeting a few days before May Day that you’ll be required to attend, plus showing up on May 1st. Again, please contact us via email


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