Wikipedia: “The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday each year. Among Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as søttende/syttende mai (meaning May Seventeenth), Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) or Grunnlovsdagen (The Constitution Day), although the latter is less frequent. The celebration of this day began spontaneously among students and others from early on.”

With Ballard’s strong Norwegian roots, its a popular parade day bring out all manner of cultural clubs and organizations. Since it passed less than a block from my home, I stood out to watch and took a few pictures.  No shortage of people yelling cryptic Norwegian sayings and the occasional pelting with Hyperborean candies.  Oh, and a couple long ships.

Syttende Mai 2009 Parade  Photos