Sunday, May 17, 2009

Syttende Mai!

Settendemai!

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No, you were not mistakenly redirected to Oslo Daily Photo. This is Seattle's Ballard neighborhood celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day. As happens every year, Ballardites will put on a grand parade this afternoon celebrating Syttende Mai (17th of May) and the community's Nordic heritage in general. Many residents of the Pacific Northwest have deep family roots in Norway as well as Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. The mills, ship building, and fishing industries of Ballard drew a concentration of Nordic immigrants to Salmon Bay in the 1800s and it is not uncommon to hear snatches of conversation amongst the elders that make you think you might be in Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen, or Stockholm instead of Seattle. I bet our CDPB friends in the Twin Cities, MN area might be enjoying similar parades today. These are some of my shots from last year.

6 comments:

Steffe said...

Nice collage Kim. The Norwegians are a happy bunch today, especially after winning the Eurovision Song Contest like they did.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

what a fun and interesting event. such color and Nordic heritage abound.

Shell Sherree said...

"Will pillage for seafood." LOL!

Lovely collage, Kim.

Solveig said...

"syttende mai", not "settendemai"... ;)

White Oleander said...

I never knew there was a Scandinavian community in Seattle. Everybody looked so happy:)

brattcat said...

This collage is a lovely celebration of a community celebrating being community. Cheers!