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Shane Harms/ Ballard News-Tribune
Ballard High School marching band had an exciting showing at this year’s Syttende Mai parade.

Syttende Mai Parade attracts thousands to Ballard, inspires smalltown feel

This year thousands of spectators flocked to Ballard for the annual 17th of May Syttende Mai parade, expressing jubilation and pride for Norwegian heritage.

Among the 81 groups in the parade, people brandished bunaders and danced to Scandinavian songs of old. One group even made it out from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and others from all over the region.

Syttende Mai is Norway's Constitution Day, and the celebration in Ballard is the largest of its kind outside of Oslo. Ballard has strong linkage to Scandinavian heritage with seminal ties to the fishing (maritime) and logging industries.

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