‘‘Tis the night before 17th of May, and all though all the Scandinavian houses , no one was stirring,
not even a mouse! 🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴
Here we are on the eve of 17th of May.
We all are at home looking for ways to celebrate our Constitution Day tomorrow.
So sad that we will not have a parade this year due to COVID19.
But knowing that New Yorkers are safe and this virus will not spread because of something we did to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day is worth the sadness of not gathering together this year!
Pull out your Norsk flags tomorrow and post a picture or video on our Facebook page in honor of this great day!
We will see you on May 16, 2021!
God bless Norway, God bless America and God bless New York!
Hip, Hip Hurra! 🇳🇴🇳🇴
With love and a klem,
President of the Norwegian Day Parade in New York!
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.
The next Norwegian Day Parade will be held on May 16, 2021
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.
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.
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