Ballard went alt i for Norge (all in for Norway) on May 17 as the Scandinavian community celebrated Norwegian Constitution Day with festivities and a parade. 

Norway was established as an independent monarchy with the signing of its constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814. However, because of the kingdom's close relationship with Sweden and the fact that independence sprouted from Norway's defeat in the Napoleonic Wars, May 17 was not officially celebrated by the government until 1833. It was around this time that a 100-year trend of Scandinavian immigration to the United States began. By 1910, 8 percent of Seattle's population had arrived from one of the Nordic countries, and Ballard had become the center of the Scandinavian culture.

The Seattle 17th of May Festival (also known as Syttende Mai) kicked off in the morning and lasted through the evening. The Nordic Heritage Museum offered children's activities and free admission. Musicians like the Matt Jorgensen Jazz Combo, Ione and Brenda Bard, Lori Ann Reinhall, Aaron Otheim, Leikarringen, the Norwegian Ladies Chorus and the Norwegian Male Chorus played at Bergen Place Park. The Leif Erikson Lodge offered a traditional Norwegian lunch, and the Leif Erikson Kafe served snacks and beverages all day.

The day ended with the 17th of May Parade, which traveled down 24th Avenue Northwest, Northwest Market Street, and Ballard Avenue Northwest.

See photos of the parade below: