Halifax - About 200 May Day marchers took to the streets of downtown Halifax today, meandering their way through a route that was part planned and part impromptu. The excitement of claiming, by sheer number of marchers, some of the main arteries and thoroughfares of Halifax was infectious, and under balmy spring conditions it was a march that many were loath to finish.
The day brought out representatives from all walks of life. Trade unionists mingled with Occupiers; a contingent of bandana-ed individuals with homemade raccoon hats wandered with retirees; and the red and black flags of anarchy fluttered proudly in the wind.
Having the march begin and end at Grand Parade Square was a bittersweet reminder of what was, and what might still be. The afternoon dance party atmosphere, and the numerous chalked messages of hope and love at the foot of the Cenotaph, were reminiscent of the heady days of last October when Occupy seemed an unstoppable force. That the group was instrumental in organizing one of the more successful May Day marches in recent Halifax history speaks well to their ability to continue to capture the public's imagination.
Please enjoy the following photos from today's May Day march in Halifax, Nova Scotia.