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Norwegian Pride in Seattle

By Linda Tancs

It’s fair to think of Ballard, Washington as “little Norway.”  After all, the Seattle suburb’s Norwegian population tops eighty percent.  It’s also here that the largest celebration outside Norway of the signing of its first constitution on May 17, 1814 takes place.  Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) has been celebrated in the Seattle area since 1889.  That’s a lot of parading.  So polish your shoes, iron your flags and get ready to hipp, hipp, hurra tomorrow!

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