May Day on May 4

For nearly three decades, a hardy group of local activists, peace-lovers and community-boosters have been throwing a big consciousness-raising party every year on New Haven Green around May Day. More often than not, weather permitting, the event has been held on May Day itself, May 1.

This year, the May Day Concert for Peace on the New Haven Green has instead been scheduled for Saturday, May 4, froim noon to 4:30 p.m. The organizers are essentially the same folks as they have been for years, and many of the bands on the stage and local organizations setting up info booths will be familiar, but it’s highly likely that a Saturday slot will draw a larger audience than a weekday May Day event might’ve.

The May 4, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. show also coincides with a multi-band music benefit for United Community Nursery School, happening at the same time inside United Church on the Green a few yards from the May Day festivities. Lots to do on the Green Saturday.

The May Day World Concert for Peace on the New Haven Green schedule is as follows:


Throughout the day: performances by Carrot Man, The Amazing Andy; Haven Community Circus, with activities for kids; a New Haven history display; free vegetarian food, information tables from “local labor, peace, social service and social justice groups”; face painting; a graffiti wall; and a “speak-out and open-mic” opportunities.


Featured performances:

Noon: Opening May Day statement and song

12:05 p.m.: Global Nuisance, punk

12:30 p.m.: Ngoma, poetry and performance art

1 p.m.: Ronnie Neuhauser and Fe Fi Fo, acoustic folk

1:30 p.m.: Joseph FireCrow, Native American flautist

2 p.m.: The Coalition, hip-hop

2:30 p.m.: Rick Reyes of Cosmic Jibaros

3:30 p.m. I Anbassa, reggae

4:30 p.m.: the annual Maypole dance, led by Out on a Whime featuring Bill Fisher and Mickey Koth.


The event is free. More details are at