Syttende Mai! Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!

jsw_img_0469One again this year thousands of people will line the streets in Ballard on May 17th to watch more than 100 groups – including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill team, classic cars and much more —  participate in the annual  Syttende Mai parade. It’s an impressive celebration!

Seattle’s first Seventeenth of May celebrationjsw_img_0418 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/

For more information on this year’s parade and other celebratory activities in Ballard visit http://www.17thofmay.org/events/

Other U.S. cities that celebrate in a similar major way include Brooklyn, New York, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Stoughton, Wisconsin.

“Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!

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