One 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 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/
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!