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Yup. They celebrate it here, too - at least in the Ballard neighborhood they do. ;)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Norwegian Constitution Day

Next to Norway, Seattle's Ballard neighborhood might be the best place to be today to take part in Norwegian Constitution Day festivities.

Because Ballard is home to a large population of Nordic people, the community goes all out every year to commemorate the day in 1814 when Norway received its constitution. Planned events include free entertainment at Bergen Place Park on Northwest Market Street in the heart of Ballard from 2:30 to 5 p.m.; children's games at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and a community parade that will start at 6 p.m. at Northwest 62nd Street and 24th Avenue Northwest. The parade route goes south to Northwest Market, then east to Bergen Place, which is named after Seattle's Norwegian sister city, Bergen.

Ballard's Nordic Heritage Museum at 3014 N.W. 67th St. will be open today from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with free admission. The museum is said to be the only one of its kind in the United States to highlight the legacy of immigrants from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.


And a report from the day after the parade . . .

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
It's cool being Norwegian at a parade

Trevor Olson was among the hundreds who lined Ballard's streets last night. He wore a white T-shirt on which he'd drawn the Norwegian flag with red, white and blue marker.

"I thought it would be cool," he said.

When asked to elaborate, the 16-year-old said, "It's cool being Norwegian."

Many others apparently felt the same.

They lined the eight-block route of the Norwegian Constitution Day or Syttende Mai (May 17) parade, marking the signing of the Norwegian Constitution before Norway's independence from Sweden.

They wore the traditional red wool bunad dresses and waved Norwegian flags on a particularly significant Syttende Mai that marked the 100th anniversary of Norway's independence.

Olson stood at the corner of Northwest 56th Street and 24th Avenue Northwest with his sister, Brittany, his mother, Joanne, and their friend Karin Olsoe, dressed in a black bunad.

Olsoe said she'd been coming to the parade for 25 years, since she moved to Seattle from Norway to go to Seattle Pacific University. "Back then it went by in about 10 minutes."

Now it takes two hours.

But as much as the neighborhood has changed, and even though many have dispersed, the Norwegian community remains tightly knit.

As the parade passed, Olson began to call out to an acquaintance but blanked on her name.

"What's her name?" she asked Olsoe.

"You mean Knudson?"

"No, no, the one who looks like Martha Stewart."


Some photos from the parade . . .


Timelord victorious
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Still pretty cool...We dont have anything like that...Our constitution day is a pretty low key event, lot of speches, and then...nothing, i guess...

It is north-way here
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COOOL ... though we got quite bad weather this year here in Trondheim ...
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