May 17 is the day Norway signed it's constitution and it is huge celebration throughout the land. the Norwegian flag can be seen everywhere, here our flag is reflected in our neighbor's window just after we raised it in the morning.
there are parades in every town, the cities may have 2 or 3 parades all on the same day. but the parades have nothing to do with the military, the main parade is all the school children accompanied by the school band and other local marching bands.
later in the day all the cultural organizations have a parade featuring the local cultural life and events. in the cities the graduates from 12 grade have their own little parade with lots of colorful and topical piquant banners and more.
this year we were lucky to have the nicest weather so far this year so the atmosphere was top