"I showed up ready to shout 'Amnestía!' but the celebration wasn't about that, or any other specific legislation," writes Lee Rayburn in a brief commentary about a demonstration for immigrant rights in downtown Madison on Tuesday afternoon. "This wasn't about legality, this was about humanity," he continues.
Organized locally by Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes, the event began with a rally on the State Street steps of the Capitol and was followed by a march down West Washington Avenue to Brittingham Park for a subsequent rally and celebration.
A video compilation of scenes from the rally and march follows below, along with several other scenes from May Day events in town.
Additionally, WORT's Norm Stockwell offers a detailed audio report on the demonstration, noting increased tensions over raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Madison's Latino community and the ongoing work of organizers. There is also a photo gallery featuring the beginning of the march, as shot by Brad Vogel.
While May Day in Madison is most visibly marked by demonstrations for workers' rights and the labor movement, it is also a celebrated in the ancient traditions of Beltane and Walpurgisnacht. Picnic Point, on the UW campus, was the Tuesday morning site for these seasonal celebrations. The Oak Apple Morris dancers held their annual performance on the spit of land that extends into Lake Mendota, gathering at sunrise for singing, folk dancing, a bonfire and Maypole. Videos of the festivities are available for viewing here, here, and here.