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Originally published Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

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Big weekend for Norwegian culture and fun

Poulsbo Viking Fest, May 16-18, and Syttende Mai, Seattle, May 17, 2014.

Seattle Times staff

Syttende Mai

Ballard Street Scramble: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, registration 8:30 a.m., Nordic Heritage Museum; $5-$30/person (

Nordic Heritage Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; Nordic shop, 3-6 p.m., Market Arms, 2401 N.W. Market St., Seattle.

Events: Entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Bergen Place, intersection of Market Street, Leary Avenue Northwest and 22nd Avenue Northwest; cafe, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle

Parade: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, from Northwest 62nd Street and 24th Avenue Northwest, to Market Street, past Bergen Place park and along Ballard Avenue Northwest to Northwest Dock Street.

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Viking Fest

Time: Noon to 10 p.m., opening ceremony 4 p.m., Friday, May 16, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday May 18.

Location: Waterfront Park and downtown Poulsbo.

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Ballard celebrates Syttende Mai (17th of May) with the largest Norwegian Constitution Day parade outside of Norway, and featuring two special anniversaries: 200 years of the Norwegian Constitution and 125 years of Seattle’s celebration of the occasion.

Ballard Street Scramble starts Saturday’s events. It’s an adventure for all ages to explore Ballard decked out for the holiday, searching for as many of 30 checkpoints marked on a map as they can find in 90 minutes or three hours, walking, running or biking.

The Scramble starts at Nordic Heritage Museum, one of the main festival sites with Norwegian-themed crafts for kids, Nordic Cafe, Fyord horses and entertainment featuring Hugh’s Accordion Band.

Museum admission is free all day for events and exhibits including the new “Danish Modern: Design for Living” and collections illustrating the cultural heritage of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark.

More Nordic-themed entertainment is at Bergen Place throughout the day. Nordic Heritage Museum’s shop at Market Arms has 17th of May T-shirts, totes, flags and more to help everyone get decked out for the big parade. Stake out your place early for the big Syttende Mai parade with 100 units including marching bands, Norwegian organizations, drill teams and classic cars winding through downtown Ballard.

Across Puget Sound, the 17th of May celebration continues all weekend at Viking Fest in Poulsbo,” Little Norway,” settled by Norwegians in the 1880s.

Viking Fest kicks off Friday with food and craft vendors, a carnival and Viking Village. The official opening ceremony will include presentation of the colors and anthems of Norway and the U.S., entertainment and speakers. Saturday opens with a pancake breakfast and road race and features a 2 p.m. parade, along with entertainment, carnival and vendors. Sunday also features Stand Up Paddleboard races, a “murder mystery” competition and contests to see who can eat the most doughnuts, oysters and lutefisk.

Parking is limited in downtown Poulsbo; some pay lots are available, with shuttle buses Saturday only from parking at North Kitsap High School and North Kitsap Junior High School and Poulsbo Elementary School. For Washington State Ferry information, call 511 or 206-464-6400 or see

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