Syttende Mai Family Picnic 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Carderock Park in Montgomery County, MD 

Norwegians (and Norwegian Americans) have celebrated Norway’s independence for over 100 years not only in Norway but wherever they are around the world, especially here in Washington, DC. We will again be able to participate in the Syttende Mai activities sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The annual picnic was held at Carderock Park on Sunday, May 19, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. This year’s guest speaker was Deputy Chief of Mission Lajla Brandt Jakhelln from the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The picnic had music, a parade, and games for the children. Free food and drinks was provided, including Norwegian-style hot dogs and drinks catered by German Gourmet, and ice cream.

The music was performed by Rockville Brass Band, a volunteer-based band dedicated to preserving the tradition of the British brass band. After many years of performing at the Norwegian celebration in Carderock Park, they are well versed in Norwegian Brass band music, playing such classics as "Jegermarsjen" and "Norge i rødt, hvitt og blått."

The event was organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Sons of Norway - Washington Lodge, the Norwegian Society of Washington D.C., the Norwegian Church Service in Washington, D.C., the Norwegian Ladies Club, and Lakselaget.

Unfortunately, there was not a Syttende Mai dinner/dance this year due to calendar conflicts with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Photos from the 2013 Picnic

In the Norwegian parade    The Norwegian ambassador speaking to the attendees.

The Syttende Mai    People in the parade

Carrying the Norwegian flag in the parade.    Kids at the Syttende Mai picnic    A child looks at a Norwegian lundehund