“Raymond's Run,” by Toni Cade Bambara takes place in the spring. The first evidence of this is found when Mary Louise asks Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker if she will be “signing up for the May Day races?” Hazel, also known as Squeaky in her neighborhood, does not even dignify the question with an answer. Of course, she will sign up and run in the race during the May Day activities. May Day is a celebration that heralds the arrival of spring.
Squeaky describes the other activities that take place on May Day in the park. Many of the girls dress in light dresses with fancy bows and shoes to dance around the May Pole. The spring weather is warm and the girls get their fancy new clothes “all dirty and sweaty.”