Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hurra for Syttende Mai!

Syttende Mai is one of the most visual celebrations of our connection to our heritage, with parties and parades taking place wherever there is a population with ties to Norwegian heritage. How will you celebrate the independence of Norway?

We’ll be reporting from one classic celebration in Brooklyn, New York. Marking this important holiday since 1952, Bay Ridge hosts one of the largest Syttende Mai gatherings in the United States.

Joining District 3 and President Dan Rude, Sons of Norway’s Nichole will be on hand to document the event and report (semi-)live! With 10,000 expected marchers lining up under the theme of “Norse Mythology,” and 100,000 spectators, this will surely be an exciting celebration!

In addition to the large parade, Sissel Breie, Consul General of Norway, will be on hand to present a short program before the annual Church rally that ends the day in a typical Norwegian-American fashion: with food and music.

Check back here for pictures and video of the over 20 participating lodges!

What will you do on Syttende Mai? Where are the notable celebrations in your community? Share with readers in the comments section!

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