People dressed in colorful Norwegian folk costumes, games, a disc jockey, a bounce house for children, a full-size Viking ship that folks can climb into, a traditional people’s parade with flags, and plenty of food including a “Taste of Norway” table featuring Norwegian delicacies will take center stage at a Norwegian Constitution Day celebration in Boulder City on Thursday, May 17.
Local Norwegian-Americans, Scandinavians and others from as far away as Norway will come together to celebrate Norway’s national day at the free event, to which everyone is welcome. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavski, who is Norwegian-American, will be providing welcoming remarks. The “Syttende Mai” (17th of May) celebrations are sponsored by the Desert Troll and Vegas Viking lodges of the Sons of Norway. While the event is free, donations will be accepted for food. Norwegian beer also will be available for purchase.
The event takes place at Bicentennial Park at 999 Colorado St. in Boulder City. At 7 p.m., the parade begins, which will feature the Viking ship, classic cars, pedestrians including some in Norwegian folk costumes and more. The parade will start at the grill on Colorado Street by California Avenue, circle Wilbur Square clockwise, go down Nevada Way, turn left to traverse Arizona Street, turn left at Avenue G and circle left, returning to the starting point.
“We’re excited about this year’s event and we invite all local Norwegians and others to join us in a fun and wonderful celebration,” said Desert Troll President Vikki Renneckar. “This is the first time the two local Sons of Norway lodges have joined together in support of a single Syttende Mai event so we expect this to be our best ever. Those interested in celebrating and learning more about their Norwegian heritage should join us.”
For additional information, visit www.DesertTrolls.com or www.VegasViking.com or call Dave Nelson at (702) 415-4764. Sons of Norway lodges are non-profit organizations formed to promote Norwegian and Scandinavian heritage through a variety of special events featuring traditional and contemporary programs.