"It's about everyone standing together to make a better life for ourselves," said organizer Nick Wood.
Wood and dozens of other demonstrators said they were using May Day to take a stand against what they consider corporate greed and workplace injustice.
It was a day of action, bringing together labor unions, civil rights groups, and farm labor organizations. All of them calling for economic justice and equality.
"Who are we going to help," asked Wood. "How can this group help that group? What we really want is human rights."
From unemployment to immigration, the activists said they want their message heard loud and clear.
"We're out there because we want to improve things," said Wood. "We're working our hardest. We believe that's the way to do things. Everyone's welcome."
Tuesday's event was just to be the beginning. Later this week, busloads of demonstrators will head to Charlotte to confront what they call the "Wall Street of the South": Bank of America.