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Thursday, April 26, 2012

May Day means free food in Coan Park

Coan Park stage
  • Coan Park stage
What are you doing for May Day?

I haven't received any reports of special meals in observation of the pagan holiday. But there's hope for those who celebrate May Day's more modern identification as a worldwide day of demonstrations and protests by the labor movement — including at least three rallies and marches here in Atlanta.

Among the events 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, is a festival in Coan Park (1530 Woodbine Ave. SE), featuring free food (yay!), according to the festival website:

Enjoy grilled barbecue and vegan foods for free. Celebrate with us in Coan Park, and while you’re at it, you can build up our community in struggle and plug into local Atlanta organizing. No work, no school, no banking, and no shopping: enjoy free barbecue and good times in Coan Park.

Live music will also be on site.

If anyone hears of a pagan alternative, let us know. The original holiday, known as Beltane in England, was an occasion of such licentious behavior that the Puritans — the party peeps who colonized America — actually managed to get Parliament to outlaw it for a decade in the 17th century. I bet Atlanta, infamous for former Mayor Shirley Franklin's war on bars, could do the same.

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