Want to know what Syttende Mai is all about and have some fun as well? If you do, the place to go on the 17th of May this year is Ballard, in Seattle. All the information you need to make the most of the day may be found on the Seattle’s 17th of May Committee website .
Last year, about 20,000 people lined the streets there to watch more than 100 groups – including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill team, classic cars and much more — participate in the Syttende Mai parade. It was impressive!
Seattle’s first Seventeenth of May celebration took place in Seattle in May 1889, before Washington became a state in November and before the Great Seattle Fire in June. More about the history of Syttende Mai may be found at http://www.17thofmay.org/history/
Other U.S. cities that celebrate in a similar major way include Brooklyn, New York, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Stoughton, Wisconsin.
“Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!”