It’s a beautiful day for a parade! The forecast for today’s Syttende Mai festivities — the parade kicks off at 4 p.m. — is a perfect 75 degrees. That’s a big improvement over last year’s 88 degree event, which left some parade participants sweating under their Norwegian sweaters. The parade begins at the corner of […]
Ballard’s Syttende Mai parade has always been about history. Syttende Mai – or the 17th of May – celebrates the day in 1814 when Norway’s constitution was signed in the town of Eidsvoll, Norway.
Ballard, with its strong Scandinavian heritage, holds one of the largest – if not THE largest – Syttende Mai parade outside of Norway. And this year’s celebration on Sunday is historic for a number of reasons: it’s the 120th anniversary of the Seattle Syttende Mai Committee; the 100th anniversary of the UW’s Department of Scandinavian Studies; and a restored replica of a Viking ship will sail down Market Street, at the head of the parade.
“Seattle’s May 17th Committee has been in existence as long as Washington has been a state,” spokeswoman Laila Sharpe explains.
She says Oslo, Norway, has the world’s biggest Syttende Mai parade, with Bergen, Norway, in second place. She believes that Ballard’s 100+ parade entries – with 2,000 people total marching and another 10,000 watching – makes it the third largest in the world….
The Ballard High School band marched up and down East Ballard streets this evening, practicing for the Norwegian Constitution Day parade. The practice march is an annual tradition and a neighborhood favorite. The Syttende Mai parade is coming on May 17th. By the way, this year’s Grand Marshall is Norwegian Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen. Plus: […]
With the temperature at a sweltering 88 degrees, half of Ballard turned out for the annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, also known as Syttende Mai. The spots in the shade were the most popular, of course, with people arriving well before the parade to stake out a spot. We took our position in front of […]
Organizers have pushed the start time of the annual Syttende Mai parade in Ballard this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. No word why they made the last-minute change (an hour isn’t going to help with the heat — the latest forecast is for a high somewhere between 84 and 87 degrees.) As a […]
Forecasters are predicting high temperatures in the mid-80s for this Saturday, just in time for Ballard’s annual Norwegian Constitution Day, or Syttende Mai parade. “It does get a little warm when you are wearing those woolen dresses. We are going to put on some sunglasses and some sunscreen,” said Laila Sharpe, one of the event […]