Line up to watch the Stoughton Syttende Mai parades that have been a tradition since 1910. The weekend festival has two parades: one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, so visitors to the event will be able to catch one or both of the spectacles. The Saturday event marches east; the Sunday marches west, but both feature great entertainment and excitement.
Syttende Mai Youth Parade
Begins at S. Monroe and W. Main Streets
Plan to attend the annual Syttende Mai Children’s Parade early Saturday afternoon. Children who live in the Stoughton Area School District are eligible to march in the parade. You’ll see kids riding BMX bikes, toddlers from daycare groups, a marching band and plenty of local children dressed in the bunads, costumes, from their Norwegian heritage. Families line the streets to watch the kids and to see this year’s Syttende Mai poppy prince and princess. It’s a great way to witness the next generation continue Stoughton’s proud Norwegian traditions and culture.
66th Annual Norwegian Parade
Sunday: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Main Viewing: Main Street
Parade route: Begins at Mandt Park and goes to Stoughton Plaza
The parade begins with law enforcement, safety and military veterans’ color guards. You’ll see clowns, dancers and gymnasts perform. You’ll listen to marching bands and local music stations. Businesses sponsor floats, athletes march and this year’s Syttende Mai king and queen will wear their traditional costumes, or bunads, as they ride in style. Parade goers will enjoy the spontaneous entertainment and fun at the Syttende Mai Norwegian parade.