Syttende Mai 2018

Norwegian Heritage Fesitval

May 18, 2018May 20, 2018

Stoughton's Syttende Mai festival is a weekend-long celebration of Norwegian heritage featuring fun activities and cultural experiences for the whole family. Come join us for three days of parades, amazing food and drink, arts and music, athletic competitions, and kids’ activities steeped in centuries of Norwegian culture.

The city-wide festival takes place every year on the weekend closest to Norway’s May 17th Constitution Day, also known as Syttende Mai. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Stoughton enjoyed an influx of Norwegians, and at one time, as many as 75 percent of its residents spoke Norwegian. These immigrants celebrated Syttende Mai unofficially, but it became an annual, city-wide tradition in the 1950s. 2018 marks the 65th consecutive year the festival has been organized by the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.

Look for 96.3 Star Country in the Norwegian Parade this Sunday, May 20th! The parade begins at 1:30PM at Mandt Park and ends at 3:30PM at Stoughton Plaza.

The parade begins with law enforcement, safety and military veterans’ color guards. You’ll see clowns, dancers and gymnasts perform. You’ll listen to marching bands and local music stations. Businesses sponsor floats, athletes march and this year’s Syttende Mai king and queen will wear their traditional costumes, or bunads, as they ride in style. Parade goers will enjoy the spontaneous entertainment and fun at the Syttende Mai Norwegian parade.

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