What sort of Norwegian would I be if I didn’t mention Syttende Mai, Norwegian Constitution Day? I was honored to be asked to write coverage of the event for MyBallard.com, one of the pioneers in hyper-local online journalism. Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood holds what is touted as the largest Syttende Mai festival outside of Norway. That makes sense, considering Ballard’s Scandinavian heritage.
I was in Europe–on the road between Berlin and Reims–on Syttende Mai, the 17th of May, so I couldn’t attend the actual event, but I wrote a preview article for MyBallard. One of the things I was most interested to learn was that the Syttende Mai festivities in Washington are as old as the state. The first celebration took place in 1889, the same year Washington was admitted to the union.