Syttende Mai parade to take over Ballard tomorrow

It’s that time of year again when the streets of Ballard get painted red, white and blue for the annual Syttende Mai (May 17), Norway’s Constitution Day festival and parade.

This year’s celebrations will include a variety of events for the whole family to participate in.


Check out the schedule below:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Barneleker – Children’s Events at the Nordic Heritage Museum: Free museum admission all day with fjord horses and rides on the electric train. Shuttle available between museum and Central Ballard from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Noon to 2 p.m. Luncheon at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Join for a traditional Norwegian lunch with the Grand and Honorary Marshals of the event.

Noon to 2 p.m. Keffestua at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Cake and coffee served by beautiful Viking maidens.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bergen Place entertainment from Lori Ann Reinhall with featured speakers and guests.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 17th of May Parade. The parade begins at the corner of NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW.

The route follows south to Market Street and eastward to Bergen Place park, then turns right onto 22nd and continues south down Ballard Avenue and ends at Lone St. Streets will reopen after the parade at 8 p.m.

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