Every year, Ballard explodes in a colorful parade and festival, as Norweigians celebrate Syttende Mai – their Constitution Day (signaling their independence from those no good Swedes!). Join more than 25,000 spectators as 100+ groups, including marching bands, drill teams & classic cars parade by. It’s the largest 17th of May celebration outside of Norway!
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From the website:
Seattle 17th of May Norwegian Constitution Day Festival
May 17, 2017
10 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Free | All Ages
More info: 17thofmay.org/
Ballard Neighborhood Map: 17thofmay.org/map.html
Welcome to Seattle’s popular 17th of May Celebration, a.k.a. Syttende Mai [Soot-n-duh My]. Last year was one of the largest yet with 1,000’s of spectators lining the streets of Ballard for the parade to see more than 100 groups including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill teams, classic cars and much more – all for Norway’s Constitution Day.
In addition to the popular parade there are other events going on all day including music and dancing at Bergen place, a luncheon, kids events and free admission to the Nordic Heritage Museum, and more.
17th of May Parade
May 17th, 6 p.m. start time
Syttende Mai festivities end with our fun-filled parade, which is the highlight of the day. The parade features many Norwegian organizations with an impressive variety of Norwegian bunader. Children are always at the heart of our parade and we have a uniquely American perspective with marching bands, drill teams, and community groups. Seattle’s Syttende Mai has become a community celebration.
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