Monday will mark the 196th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, which was signed on May 17, 1814 in Eidsvoll, Norway. Since 1889, Seattle has celebrated Norway's Constitution Day (more commonly known as 'Syttende Mai') in a big way.

This year's festivities include musical performances, craft-making and one of the largest ethnic parades in North America. The parade will pass right in front of Blackbird, so you can expect to see us outside waving flags and binging on lefse while we watch our friends and neighbors march in honor of Seattle's unique Scandinavian heritage.

Event Schedule, Monday, May 17, 2010

10am-5pm (free admission): Norwegian Craft Making

Nordic Heritage Museum

Kids can come with their parents to make fun Norwegian crafts that will be set up throughout the Museum!

11am-2pm: The Nordic Cafe will be open in the auditorium with sandwiches and pastries

2pm-5pm: Public Performances

Bergen Place

corner of 22nd Ave & Market St.

On parade day, there are public performances at Bergen Place from 2-5 p.m., featuring a number of acts with Nordic flair!

2:00 Accorduba, Bonnie Birch (accordion), Paul Ostler (tuba)

2:30 Rachel Nesvig, Hardanger fiddlist

3:30 Norwegian Male Chorus

4:00 Erland Hetterud, pianist and Ole Morte Velde, tenor, from Norway

4:30 Leikarringen Dancers of Leif Erikson Lodge

3pm-5pm: Children's Games (Barneleker)

Ballard Community Center

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.

4pm-6pm: Cafe at Leif Erikson Lodge

Leif Erikson Lodge

Join us at the Leif Erikson Lodge before the parade for Nordic food, which is available for purchase.

6pm-8pm: PARADE!

start - 62nd St NW & 24th Ave NW

finish - Bergen Place

Come early to save your spot!