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. 



The annual 205th Norwegian Day Parade will be held on May 19th, 1:30pm kick off!! 

Always check back with us for future fundraising events for the BIG DAY!!!!

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. 



Sunday April 28th from 4-8pm

Stay tuned for future details! 

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


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 


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17th of May Parade - Brooklyn