The purpose of the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee of Greater New York, INC. shall be to encourage and develop a deep appreciation of the ideals of independence and freedom that the 17th of May, Constitution day of Norway, embodies and to keep alive the cultural heritage of Norway. Rain or shine, on the 17th of May of each year, or the Sunday closest to this date (excluding Mother's Day). The Committee shall make arrangements for and sponsor a parade.
Parade will kick off at 1:30PM
The parade steps off at 80th street and 3rd Avenue, turns right at Bay Ridge Parkway (75th Street) up to 5th Avenue, makes a left on 5th and continues until 67th Street, marching continues along 67th along the park and up to the reviewing stand between 6th and 7th.
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
As the General Chair of the Norwegian Day Parade, I welcome you to the 68th Annual Parade!
For two years, we were not able to celebrate Norwegian Constitutional Day together in public. That was very difficult, but for the greater good, we submitted to the caution and we all celebrated with our immediate families at home.
“15 Days to Flatten the Curve” was the phrase that we have all heard, the entire globe stopped in its tracks, all outdoor events & parades were rightly cancelled and postponed, life as we knew it changed. We all have our opinions regarding some of the politics surrounding the pandemic but the true reality is too many people died prematurely due to Covid-19. My heart goes out to all the families and we truly mourn with all those families!
Corrie Ten Boom said it correctly, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”
With all that said, I look forward to restart our wonderful traditions, and continue to teach the next generation and the surrounding communities how to “party” Norwegian style.
Hip Hip Hurra for May 17th!
Med Vennlig Hilsen,
Arlene Bakke Rutuelo
Sunday April 24th, from 1-4 PM at the Salty Dog
$20 per person.
Raffles, 50/50, light refreshments and cash bar
Entertainment by Swedish Meatballs with
Friday May 13th from 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Smorgasboard, Dessert Table, Cash Bar, Raffles, 50/50 and MORE!!
Adults $25 by May 4th and $30 after May 4th.
Kids 6-12 $12
5 and under FREE
Contact Ruth Kornbrekke @ Longship50@aol.com
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Swedish Club - 725 65th St, BK, NY 718-745-9804
Salty Dog - 7509 3rd Ave, BK, NY 718-238-0030
Gino's - 7414 5th Ave, BK, NY - 718-748-1698
Vesuvio's Resturant - 7305 3rd Ave, BK, NY - 718-745-0222
Leif Bar - 6725 5th Ave, BK, NY -
Chadwick's - 8822 3rd Ave, BK, NY 718-833-9855
Skinflint's - 7902 5th Ave, BK, NY 718-748-1116
Schnitzel Hause - 7319 5th Ave, BK, NY - 718-836-5600
Norway's Constitution Day-Syttende Mai is coming right up, and Norwegians everywhere are planning their festivities. Throughout Norway, the 17th of May is a cheerful day of children's parades, music, cheering, costumes, and plenty of treats like hot dogs, ice cream and sweets. The longest parade is in Oslo, where children from 100 different schools wind through the city. The parade draws about 100,000 spectators and ends in front of the palace with a greeting from the royal family.
Outside of Norway, Syttende Mai is sometimes referred to as “Norwegian Day," and for many of us it is a day not only to celebrate our Nordic heritage, but also to share it with others in our local communities.
In Brooklyn, New York, for example, the annual Syttende Mai parade has been a tradition since 1952, and it is widely attended by both Norwegians and non-Norwegians, some of whom travel from out of state to be there. This year, the theme is “Celebrating Sons of Norway 125th Anniversary.” The organizers stress that everyone is welcome; their goal is to celebrate Norwegian contributions to the city and local culture, and the entire surrounding community is encouraged to join in-especially young people and those from other backgrounds.
This year on Syttende Mai, team up with your fellow lodge members and display your Nordic pride with a parade of your own. Whether you have two people or 20, or more, put on your bunads and Nordic sweaters, wave your flags high
and go for a festive walk around the block, around the neighborhood or around your city.
While you're at it, borrow a page from Brooklyn's playbook by inviting your friends and family to join you. But don't stop there-get in the habit of inviting someone along to every lodge event you attend throughout the year. It's a great way to build community and share this important part of your life with the people you are close to. Plus, some of them may even want to stay and become members themselves.
After all, word of mouth is one of our most powerful recruitment tools, and a personal invitation can work wonders: When we ask new members why they joined Sons of Norway, one of the answers we hear most often is simply that a friend or family member asked them to. Chances are your loved ones know how much you enjoy Sons of Norway and are already curious about it, so give them the opportunity to see for themselves and let them know they're warmly welcomed.