Monday, May 18, 2009

photos: Ballard's Syttende Mai Parade

Norwegian Constitution Day, or "Grunnlovsdag" — commonly known as "Syttende Mai" (the 17th of May) — is a celebration of the day in 1814 when Norway’s constitution was signed in the town of Eidsvoll, Norway.

In Seattle, the day has been celebrated since 1889 in the waterfront Ballard neighborhood. Some say Ballard has the biggest Syttende Mai parade outside of Norway, driven by its large Scandinavian population who descend from fishers who settled near the port generations ago.

This is a quick glimpse of the new generation through a shot I snapped while enjoying the festivities.

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