Norway’s Democracy Celebrated in Brooklyn

(Photo by Paul Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

(Photo by Paul Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Norwegians, Norwegian Americans and Norwegians-for-a-day marched in the 62nd Annual Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on May 18, many of them donning hats with the Norwegian flag, Paula Katinas of Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. The parade is traditionally held on the Sunday closest to May 17.

Third Avenue was a sea of Norwegian flags on parade day, Sunday, May 18. The march, which celebrates the signing of the Constitution of Norway in 1814, always takes place on the Sunday closest to May 17. Sponsored by the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee, the march, which is also known as the Norwegian Day Parade, is one of Bay Ridge’s most longstanding traditions.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, and the theme of the parade, accordingly, was “200 years of democracy.”

Celebrants included Arlene Rutuelo, the parade’s general chairwoman and owner of Nordic Delicacies, a food market at 6909 Third Ave. that specializes in Norwegian goods. Jillian McDonald, who recently won the Miss Norway of Greater New York contest, rode in a convertible. Meanwhile, local politicians joined the parade route, including Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, as well as Domenic Recchia, who is running to replace him.

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