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Throwback Thursday: Syttende Mai in years gone by

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on May 15th, 2014

We thought that this week’s Throwback Thursday post should take us back to the Syttende Mai celebrations of yesteryear.

Celebrations have been held in Ballard since the late 1800’s and there are plenty of fantastic photos to check out. Hipp, Hipp Hurra!

The below black and white photo was taken of the Queen’s float in the Syttende Mai parade back in 1900. The float is carrying several women and sports a banner reading “Eidsvold Lodge No. 12”.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1910, shows a large group of police marching in uniform during the Syttende Mai parade.


The Black and white photo below shows original photo of floats in front of Ballard Firehouse for the May 17th Parade back in 1910.


The black and white photo below shows a large crowd waiting for the parade on Market Street in 1900.


The below black and white photo shows parade participants dressed in traditional costume back in 1905.


Do you have photos from Syttende Mai celebrations back in the day? Email them to and we will feature them online!

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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    I love these old pictures and appreciate the Ballard Historical Society for sharing them. I just wish the images are bigger. I have visited the BHS website and tried clicking them to get a closer look at these priceless photos. Would you please consider rescanning them into higher-res photos?

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