Are you Norwegian? Then you probably know what "Syttende Mai" is all about. I on the other hand, do not.

Syttende Mai simply means, May 17th in Norwegian. May 17th is an important day for Norway, as that was the day that they Constitution of Norway was signed back in 1814.

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The Syttende Mai Family Parade is going to be taking place at Riverside Park in St. Cloud, on Monday, May 17th, and they are inviting everyone to come and enjoy their tradition. Whether you are a bit Norwegian or none at all, you are welcome to come.


Registration will begin at Riverside Park at 5:45 pm, and will be followed by a short walking parade at 6 pm.

There will be ice cream following the parade, and they will be handing out free Norwegian flags until supplies run out.

The event is sponsored by The Sons of Norway Trollheim Lodge, Nordic Cultural Club of St. Cloud. If you'd like to learn more about the event, or about The Sons of Norway, you can visit their website at

At approximately 7 pm, The Sons of Norway will be hosting a FREE Norwegian picnic meal for all members and guests. There is no need to bring any food to the picnic. Following the picnic, you'll be able to enjoy some Scandinavian music, being performed by Bud and Marlys Larsen, who will be playing fiddle and mandolin. If you would like to see a sneak peak of the music, you can watch the video below.

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