Syttende Mai (17th of May) is Norwegian Constitution Day, celebrated by Norwegians around the world. Seattle was settled by many Scandinavians, so as you might guess, we’ve got a pretty neat Syttende Mai celebration.
The day kicks off with a Norwegian luncheon at Leif Erickson Lodge, along with barneleker (children’s activities) and more Scandinavian food at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The afternoon has entertainment at Bergen Place (intersection of Market St and Leary) followed by the big 17th of May Parade. The parade starts at 6PM and draws ~20,000 folks, so come early, enjoy some food and get a spot. Here is a list of the day’s events.
Hipp, Hipp Hurra!