Norwegian pride on display [UPDATED]Published 9:32am Thursday, May 16, 2013 Updated 11:34am Thursday, May 16, 2013
The streets of Dalton will fill with Norwegian pride on Friday as cultural enthusiasts from the area come together to celebrate their ancestors.
In honor of the traditional Norwegian celebration, Syttende Mai, a flag parade will march through the city displaying the national colors and banners of Norway. With at least 100 flags ready for the march, the event will draw many Norwegians from Dalton, Fergus Falls and the surrounding area.
“It’s not really a parade to watch, but one to participate in,” said event organizer Greg Peterson. In its inaugural year, Peterson will host the parade and celebration to follow at the refurbished Dalton Opera House downtown. Refreshments will be served after the march, and music performed.
The parade has been modeled after traditional Syttende Mai celebrations in Norway. Children parade around towns with a number of flags, along with red, white and blue ribbons and traditional clothing. The celebration is in honor of the signing of the Norwegian constitution on May 17, 1814.
On Friday, Peterson will be joined by the local Sons of Norway group who have helped with the event.
Norwegian students from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy will also participate. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and is open to anyone in the area who wants to bring a flag and march in celebration of their heritage.