Syttende Mai parade back after pandemic pause

The beloved Ballard tradition of Syttende Mai is coming back this May after two years of postponement.

Syttende Mai, also known as the 17th of May, is Norwegian Constitution Day (Grunnlovsdagen). This year it falls on a Tuesday, and there will be plenty of additional activities to honor the day.

The day will kick off with a luncheon at the National Nordic Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by live music from The Winter Family Band, Norwegian Ladies Chorus, Norwegian Male Chorus, and Sunnie and Leif Accordion Duo at Bergen Place Par from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The parade starts at 6 p.m., starting at NW 62nd St. and 24th Ave NW, turning left at NW Market St and right on 22nd Ave NW before travelling south on Ballard Ave NW.

Ballard’s parade has been going since 1889 and is the third-largest Syttende Mai celebration in the world, just behind those in Oslo and Bergen.

To join the parade, visit this link.