This is the Ballard event of the year. Norwegian Constitution Day or "grunnlovsdag," commonly known as "Syttende Mai" or 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 the Greater Seattle area, the day has been celebrated since 1889 with proclamations, speeches, and a parade. Some say, Ballard has the biggest Syttende Mai parade outside of Norway, and it passes right outside Blackbird. Come join us for the parade. It's so much fun!

Event Schedule, Sunday, May 17, 2009

Time: 1:00 P.M.
Location: Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street
Cost: $25.00 per person
Special Guests: Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen and the Hellvik Mannskor choir
Lunch tickets are SOLD OUT.

Time: 4:00 P.M.
Start location: The parade begins near Adams School in Ballard, at the corner of NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW. The route follows south to Market Street and eastward to Bergen Place.

Bergen Place
A variety of entertainment from Norway and other Nordic countries.
Location: Bergen Place is located at the intersection of Market St., Leary Avenue and 22nd Avenue.
Children's Games (Barneleker)
Children can enjoy traditional games from Norway and the United States. The games are free and all participants receive awards. A surprise guest is usually on hand to delight one and all. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
Location: At the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Avenue NW.
For more information call (206) 684-4093

Band: The Smilin Scandinavians
Time: 8:00 P.M. to Midnight open dance
Location: At Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th. No-host bar (beer and wine).
Cost: FREE!!! Donations welcome.
Must be 21 years of age or older.

Norwegian Fjord Horses at the Nordic Heritage Museum
Come and see the Norwegian Fjord Horses at the museum before they march in the parade!
Time: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Location: Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St., Seattle, WA 98117
Sponsor: The Pacific Northwest Fjord Horse Promotional Group

Event Schedule, Saturday, May 16, 2009

Concert, "A Night in Norway"
Hellvik Mannskor with The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle and The Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Location: Kane Hall at the University of Washington
$10.00 suggested donation