Today: Annual Syttende Mai Celebration in Ballard

Syttende Mai.  It’s a lovely phrase, actually meaning “The 17th of May,” and it’s time to celebrate Norwegian-style.  Over 20,000 people are expected out on the streets of Ballard today to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day, linking the neighborhood to its vast Norwegian heritage.

In the midst of many other activities, there will be a parade beginning at 6pm, starting at the corner of NW 62nd Street and 24th Ave NW and then following around to Market Street, east to Bergen Place Park, south down Ballard Avenue before eventually finishing at Dock Street.

Other activities throughout the day include entertainment at Bergen Place from 2pm to 5pm, children’s activities at the Nordic Heritage Museum from 10am to 2pm, and food & drink available at the Leif Erikson Lodge from 3pm to 5pm.  After the parade, smoked salmon will be available at the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, for $25 per person (kids under 10 free).

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