Welcome to 17th of May Parade Committee - Brooklyn

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Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee of Greater New York 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. 

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. 

Greetings from General Chairwoman

     It’s my great privilege to be the newly elected General Chairwoman of the Norwegian American 17th of May Committee of Greater New York. I have hit the ground running and I am really excited by the enthusiasm of the Committee, the Norwegian community, and the Bay Ridge community at large! 

    We have a wonderful committee who work all year long preparing for parade day. Thank you to my Co Chairs, Ken Johnson, Shirley Olsen and Victoria Hofmo, and special thanks to my right hand, Barbara Bernsten for all their hard work this year!  We lost two longstanding committee members over the past winter, Alf Kris Rasmussen and former General Chair, Sandy Ginsberg, farewell and rest in peace! 

   We are very excited about our parade theme this year is, which is “Honoring our Veterans”, and we will be marching on Sunday, May 20th, marching to honor our men and women in uniform, past, present and future. We welcome as the 2018 parade Grand Marshals, for the United States, Col. Peter A. Sicoli, and for Norway, Lt. Col. Cecilie Konradsen. 

    Please remember that the flag of Norway and the flag of the United States of America do not fly because the wind moves it, they fly with the last breath of each soldier who dies protecting it! 

Gratulerer med Dagen! 

           Arlene Bakke Rutuelo General Chairwoman

2018 Lineup


Group IHonor Contingent: line-up on 3rd Avenue 83to 844h Street

N.Y.C.P.D. Mounted Police

New York Army National Guard - Color Guard

N.Y.P.D. Honor Guard

N.Y.C.P Police Guard

N.Y.P.D. Viking Assn.

N.Y.F.D. Viking Assn.

*Transit Pride Pipes & Drums

17th of May Parade Committee

Grand Marshal (s)

Honorary Marshals

- Church , Civic and Sons of Norway 

Group II: Church Group line-up on 85th St. between 3rd Ave. & Ridge Blvd.

Zion Lutheran Church - Staten Island

*Marienlyst School Marching Band

The Norwegian Seamen’s Church

Leif Ericson Day School

59th Street Lutheran Brethren Church

Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Bay Ridge 

Center for Older Adults

Lutheran Elementary School

Our Savior's Lutheran Church 

Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center

Group III: Civic Group Line-up on 85th Street between 3rd and 4th avenues 

Scandinavian East Coast Museum - 

Norwegian War Sailors Krigsseilere

United Military Veterans of Kings County

Miss Norway of Greater New York -

Liv Gerda Halvorsen

Miss Heritage: Eva Sibinga

Parade of Children

Norwegian Immigration Association [NIA]

Miss Sweden Day

BarnKlubber Elsa Rix #1

Bay Ridge Community Council

Bay Ridge Resource Training Center

Narrows Community Theater

*Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums Corp

Equinor [Statoil USA] - Empire Wind

Home Reporter

Danish Athletic Club

Brooklyn Norwegian's on Facebook:

1st Social Media Group marching


Sporting Club Gjoa

The Guild for Exceptional Children

*NYC Carpenter's Pipe and Drum Band

Carpenters Local Union #157

Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn

Group IV :Sons of Norway line-up on 84th Street between 3rd & 4th avenues

International Lodge Officers

Third District Lodge Officers

*Clann Eireann Pipe Band

District Three:

Zone 4 (Upstate New York) 

Hudson Valley Lodge #432

Troll #476

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

Bernt Balchen #566

Fredheim Lodge #242

Nor-Bu #427

Nansen #410

*Ft. Hamilton HS Marching Regiment

Zone 2 (New England)

Norumbega #506

Zone 1 (Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan)

Loyal #252

Henrik Ibsen #393

Færder #109

Brooklyn #243

Norden Lodge #407

Group V: Bands line-up on 84th Street between 3rd Avenue & Ridge Blvd

*Marienlyst School Marching Band

*Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums Corp

*NYC Carpenter's Pipe and Drum Band

*Clann Eireann Pipe Band

*Ft. Hamilton HS Marching Regiment

Ferrantino Fuel 

BRAVOBay Ridge Ambulance 

 Volunteer Organization


Do you have or know of a band interested in marching in the parade?

Contact Parade Chair- John Hobbesland at hubba63@verizon.net 

Contact John Hobbesland @ hubba63@verizon.net 


17th of May Fundraiser at the Salty Dog Recap

From the Brooklyn Reporter!!!

Article written by Victoria Merlino

It’s that time of the year.

Around 200 people attended the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade fundraiser held on April 22, at what some think of as the parade “headquarters” — the Salty Dog Bar and Restaurant, 7509 3rd Avenue.

“We do it as a pre-excitement, ‘Let’s get ready for the Norwegians coming down Third Avenue,” Arlene Rutuelo, chair of the Norwegian American 17th of May Parade Committee of Greater New York, said of the fundraiser.

In its 66th year, the parade sees thousands of attendees each year coming out to celebrate their Norwegian heritage or just celebrate the culture. Though many Norwegians have moved out of Bay Ridge and the neighborhood is changing, Rutuelo said, the parade still stands in the community as a yearly landmark event.

“We do it in collaboration with the community,” Rutuelo said of the fundraiser and the parade. She explained that the parade is not Norwegian-exclusive, and welcomes everyone, no matter what culture or religion someone may come from.

Door prizes and a 50/50 kept guests spending as “The Swedish Meatball” Ellen Lindstrom performed accordion music and Scandinavian tunes. While the accordion is “old-fashioned thing,” said Rutuelo, Norwegians and non-Norwegians alike enjoyed the tunes at the fundraiser. Local luminaries such as State Senator Marty Golden were also in attendance.

The theme of this year’s parade is honoring Norwegian veterans, something that Rutuelo says “we should all be doing a better job at.”

The parade will take place on May 20 starting at 1:30 p.m. and, as always, will be rain or shine.


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