5/12/14

Norwegian Constitution Day Parade

Christa Johannessen Photo
In commemoration of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution on May 17, 1814, the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee of Greater New York hosts a parade in Bay Ridge each year on the 3rd Sunday in May.

Now in its 62nd consecutive year, the Parade is scheduled for Sunday, May 18 at 1:30 PM, along Third Avenue in Bay Ridge.

Because Norway is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of its democracy this year, the theme for the 2014 Parade is "200 Years of Democracy."

The Parade will muster at 81st Street and Third Avenue at 12:30 PM on May 18 and step off at 80th Street promptly at 1:30 PM, rain or shine, proceeding north along Third Avenue to 69th Street.  At the intersection of 69th and Third Avenue, the Parade goes right on 69th Street and over to Fifth Avenue, then turns right onto 67th Street and proceeds up 67th Street to the grandstand, on the south side of Leif Erikson Park between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

In this year's line of march will be a Norwegian accordian club, Sandnes Trekkspillklubb, and dance group Sandnes Folkedans, along with numerous marching bands from New York City. 

As part of the short program after the Parade, local elected representatives and guest speaker John G. Bernander, a Norwegian politician and Conservative Party member, will address the crowd. Bernander is the former director-general of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.

For more information, contact Evald Olson at (718) 745-6653, or visit the Parade website.

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