Those Old May Day Gatherings In New York
Today is May Day which for anyone who went to elementary school in New York City pre-1980 used to be a joyous holiday, celebrated by dancing around a Maypole.
May Day, a centuries old Pagan holiday whose origins and meaning are debated, is now a day of protest. In many parts of England, Wales, Germany and a few other European countries, the Maypole dance and tradition continues. In the United States the day has sunk into a free-for-all for any group to call attention to all their perceived slights and injustices.
In the late 19th century May Day began to be associated with organized marches and assemblies for worker’s rights, unions and socialism. By the 1930s, communists took the day as theirs to celebrate.
Today you will not see any New York City school children doing Maypole dances.
You will not see the veterans of foreign wars praising the freedoms of the United States and protesting communists.
You probably will not see communists marching. But in truth they will be, they just don’t call themselves “communists” anymore.
And though war remains a current subject, you will definitely not see parents assembling to demand more playgrounds, over battlegrounds for youth.
Instead you will see people protesting everything Trump, You will see anarchists at an anti-capitalism gathering. There will be some protests against the police. Of course you will see illegal immigration being sanctioned under the guise of “you’re against all immigrants and immigration.”
With all this discontent it might be nice to see one Maypole dance.