May 17 is the Norwegian Constitution Day, and is the National Day of Norway. The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814, and declared Norway to be an independent nation.
The following exerpt is from Wikipedia:
"All over Norway, children's parades with an abundance of flags form the central elements of the celebration. Each elementary school district arranges its own parade with marching bands between schools. The parade takes the children through the community, often making stops at homes of senior citizens, war memorials, etc. The longest parade is in Oslo, where some 100,000 people travel to the city centre to participate in the main festivities. This is broadcast on TV every year, with comments on costumes, banners etc, together with local reports from celebrations around the country. The massive Oslo parade includes some 100 schools, marching bands, and passes the royal palace where the royal family greet the people from the main balcony."
These panoramas were created outside the Royal Palace in Oslo, May 17 2007.
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