As most folks reading this site already know, Norwegian constitution day is quickly approaching. May 17th is the equivalent of Independence Day in the U.S., and is celebrated in somewhat the same manner. In Norway the day is filled with speeches and parades, food and celebrations. One difference? Norwegians dress up in nice suits and dresses (or wear traditional bunads...folk costumes) for their national day!
Seattle's 17th of May celebration is touted to be the largest outside of Norway, and it may well be. If you have not yet attended, join us! The 17th falls on a Thursday this year, and in order to accommodate those of us who aren't given the 17th off as a holiday, the parade in Ballard starts at 6pm and lasts until about 8pm. But if you can, head over to Ballard a little earlier in the day and enjoy some of the related events going on, including free activities at the Nordic Heritage Museum, music at Bergen Place, and lunch at the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson lodge. The schedule of events can be found on the 17th of May website.
...and if you want to look Norwegian, pull out a nice dress shirt and tie, or pick up a new spring dress and celebrate like the Norwegians!