Category Archives: Syttende Mai

Nordic Lodge Celebrates!

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The celebration on Saturday May 19th is a special one for Whidbey Nordic Lodge members! Along with celebrating Syttende Mai (17th of May), Norway’s Constitution Day, it will be celebrating its own 17th birthday and the opening of the new Nordic Museum in Ballard.

Festivities will begin at Noon with a lunch and highlighted by Erik Pihl, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Museum.   Erik will tell us all about their grand opening on May 5th – and more!  

A donation of $10 for lunch will be appreciated. RSVP to  the Nordic Lodge at: whidbeyislandnordiclodge@gmail.com

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!

Syttende Mai!

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 .

jsw_img_0469Last 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 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/

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

“Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!