Thursday, 21 May 2015

17th May in Kristiansand

Every major city in Norway has Norwegian constitution day celebrations. This takes place on the 17th of May and luckily the sun was shining this year. 
There are many different places to see the celebrations in Kristiansand but most go into the city. I live out near the Kristiansand airport and that is where my children take part in the march.
There are tractors, old military cars, bands, kids parade and dancing. Traffic is blocked off by the police on motorcycles, so please try and avoid this area next year if you plan on going in that direction.
At approximately 11:30am the parade started and the kids started to sing their songs. There is actually a competition between all of the participants. 
The class that sings the best gets a prize at the end, so there were some over-enthuisiasted singing :)
The parade ended at the airport military barracks where there were barbeques and everyone had a chance to relax and socialise.

Afterwards, I took a little trip into the city with one of my sons to see the parade. 
We got there at about 5:30pm which was a little late. We could not get near the parade because there were so many people.
So in the meantime, I walked around and got some pictures of the locals.
Seen in Kongens gate.
Seen in Markens gate
Seen in Dronningens gate
Seen outside the church.

See you at the 17th of May celebrations next year in 2016!!!
Adam Read

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