Syttende Mai Parade

Yesterday, I went and watched the parade celebrating Syttende Mai from the corner of NW Market Steet and Leary Way, and the weather was just beautiful.  Although I didn’t stay the entire time, I did snap a few pics and a Swedish coworker forwarded me a pic of himself as a participant in the parade.  Check them out!

Happy Syttende Mai. Or Happy May 17th!

The Norwegian celebration for Syttende Mai, the 17th of May, is happening today in Ballard!! The 17th of May signifies the signing of the Norwegian constitution and has been celebrated in Seattle since 1889. Celebratory events began at 10 am and will last until 8 pm when the parade ends.  The parade is the main event and will follow a route beginning near Adams School and heading down towards Market Street and ending near Bergen Place.  Other events include the Children’s activites center and the Nordic Café at the Nordic Heritage Museum until 2:00 pm and entertainment at Bergen Place until 5:00 pm.  The weather is beautiful, so you have no reason not to attend the celebration.  For more information on Syttende Mai activities, please visit the official website.

Repaving of 85th Street =Traffic

This fall, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin a new, traffic-causing project: the repaving of 85th St.  The project is part of the “Briding the Gap” levy which was passed in 2006.  The project is to fix deterioration and will result in new concrete pavement as well as upgraded curbs and ramps, bus stop improvements, sidewalk repairs and stormwater facilities.   Commuters who travel on N/NW 85th  from I-5 to 15th Ave. NW or on Greenwood Ave. N between N 85th St. and N. 73rd St.  can expect eastbound closures, weekend closures, detours and noisy construction.  Please visit the official website to find full project details and a map of the affected areas.

Fremont Fair in June

If you live in Ballard, you won’t need any excuse to attend the fast approaching 23rd Annual Fremont Fair on June 18th and 19th.  The Fair, which is produced each year by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, has become an amazing community tradition that Fremonters and others have attended since 1972.  One of the greatest events at the fair is the Solstice Parade which coincides with Summer Solstice.  The Parade is produced by the Fremont Arts Council and takes places the 18th beginning at noon.  Other Fair events include a variety of vendors, music from bands playing on four separate stages and plenty of places to quench your thirst and hunger.  Don’t miss out on this great Seattle tradition to welcome the summertime and head over to the Fremont Fair June 18th. For more information, please visit the official website.