Welcome to 17th of May Parade Committee - Brooklyn

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Our Mission Statement

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 of 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. 

Norwegian Legacy Continues

The annual Norwegian Day Parade will be held on May 19th at 1:30pm 

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

The parade steps off at 80th street and 3rd Avenue, turns right at Bay Ridge Avenue 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. 

2019 17th of May Parade Line-Up

Each Group must sign-in: Caffe Cafe at 8401 - 3rd Avenue by 1:00 PM!!!

Group I - Honor Contingent

Line up 3rd Avenue 83rd-84th Street 

N.Y.C.P.D Mounted Police

N.Y.P.D Honor Guard

N.Y.C.P Police Guard 

N.Y.P.D. Viking Association

N.Y.F.D. Association 

*N.Y.C. Carpenter's Pipe and Drum Band

17th of May Parade Committee

Group II - Sons of Norway

Line up on 81st Street between 3rd Avenue and Ridge Blvd

Honorary Marshal - Ron Stubbings

International Lodge Officers

Third District Lodge Officers

District Three:

Zone 1 (Brooklyn + Long Island)

1- Brooklyn #243

2- Loyal #252

3- Henrik Ibsen #393

4- Faerder #109

Zone 4 (Upstate New York)

5- Hudson Valley Lodge #432

*Clann Eirann Pipe Band

Zone 3 (New Jersey, Staten Island + Northern Pennsylvania)

Line up on 82nd Street between 3rd and Ridge Blvd

6- Nansen #410

7- Bernt Balchen #566

8- Nor-Bu #427

Zone 2 (New England)

9- Norumbega #506

10- Dovre #232

Group III - Church Group

Line-up 81st Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues 

Honorary Marshal - Pastor John Saraka

1- Zion Lutheran Church - Staten Island

*Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums Corp

2- Our Savior's Lutheran Church

3- Lutheran Elementary School

4- Bethleham Lutheran Church and Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults 

5- The Norwegian Seamen's Church 

6- Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center

Group IV: Civic 

Line-up on 84th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues 

1- * Fort Hamilton HS Marching Regiment

2- Ferrantino Fuel Corporation - Oil Truck & Mini Oil Truck

3- Civic Honorary Marshals - Billy Boshell & Chip Cafiero

83rd Street betwee 3rd and 4th Avenues 

4- Scandinavian East Coast Museum - Krigsseillerene

5- Scandinavian East Coast Museum - Frozen

6- Antique Car Club - Ellen Lindstrom - Swedish Meatball Accordion

7- 152 Kings County Memorial Day - Parade Committee

8- Guild for Exceptional Children 

9- Antique Automobile Club of Brooklyn 

82nd Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues

10-St. Olaf College Alumni

*Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipe & Drum

11- Miss Noway Of Greater New York - Miss Caroline Moore

12- Miss Heritage - Miss Elise Fauske 

13- Little Miss Norway & Junior Cadets & Parade of Children 

14- Norwegian Immigration Association 

83rd Street between 3rd Avenue and Ridge Blvd

15- Brooklyn Norwegians of Facebook 

16- New York City Dept. of Sanitation 

17- Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District 

18- Sporting Club Gjoa 

84th Street between 3rd Avenue and Ridge Blvd

19- Miss Sweden Day

20- Barn Klubber Elsa Rix #1

21- Viking Ship - Smorgasbandet 

On 3rd Avenue between 84th and 85th Streets

22- BRAVO - Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization 

Group V - Bands 

Line-up in 85th Street between 3rd Avenue and Ridge Blvd

*Clann Cross Pipe Band 

*Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums 

*Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipe & Drum


Salty Dog Recap


Featured in the Brooklyn Reporter written by John Alexander

        Revelers from throughout the community heeded Norwegian Day Parade Chair Arlene Rutuelo’s invitation to ‘Be a Viking for the day!’

Brooklyn’s beloved Norwegian Day Parade will celebrate its 67th anniversary this year. Organizers held a benefit to help raise funds for the always colorfully adorned event on April 28 at the Salty Dog, 7509 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge.

This year’s parade Grand Marshal is former state Sen. Marty Golden, a former York City police officer and councilmember, who served as state senator from 2003 to 2018.

Aside from his legislative accomplishments, Golden was also extremely active within the community, sponsoring the summer concert series, Halloween walks, Christmas tree lightings and many other much-anticipated events throughout his district.

Golden attended the benefit and called the parade “One of the gems of our community bringing people out and most importantly bringing them together.”

The Sons of Norway Honorary Marshal is International President Ron Stubbings. Stubbings has been a folk dancer for 42 years and has worked in the export grain terminal business for over 40 years and was elected international president of the Sons of Norway in 2018.

Civic Co-Honorary Marshals are Chip Cafiero and Bill Boshell. Cafiero is a Bay Ridge civic leader who taught in the New York public school system for 34 years and is currently active in numerous events including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Ragamuffin Parade, the Memorial Day Parade and the Norwegian Day Parade.

Boshell, a community leader in his own right, opened his Super Roofer business in 1979 and continues to be involved in numerous neighborhood organizations including the Ben Bay Kiwanis Club and the South Brooklyn Lions Club.

This year’s Church Honorary Marshal is Pastor John Saraka of Zion Lutheran Church in Staten Island. Saraka currently serves on the boards of Lutheran Social Services of NYC, the Lutheran Schools Association and Eger Lutheran Home.

New York’s Norwegian Consul General Harriet Berg will also be an honorary guest at the parade.

Also attending the fundraiser were U.S. Rep. Max Rose, City Councilmember Justin Brannan, Tori Kelly of state Sen. Andrew Gounardes’ office and this year’s Miss Norway, Caroline Moore.

American accordion music was performed by Ellen Lindstrom of the Swedish Meatballs at the Salty Dog benefit.

“We had an absolutely wonderful and successful event,” Rutuelo said. “We raised a few thousand dollars that 100 percent goes to support our parade! Thank you Bay Ridge for all the love you show us! Looking forward to seeing you all at the parade!”

The Norwegian Day Parade will take place on Sunday, May 19. 

The 2019 Parade Pin

2019 Parade Pin “The Norwegian Legacy Continues”

“The Norwegian Legacy Continues”


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