People love visiting Marquette because of the small-town atmosphere. It’s a place where there are more friends than strangers, where neighbors look out for each other, and where community members (and visitors) often get together to celebrate important, often unique, traditions.
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Celebrating Syttende Mai is one of Marquette’s favorite traditions. Syttende Mai (meaning "Seventeenth May") is celebrated as the official National Day of Norway. It marks the day in 1814 when the Constitution of Norway was signed, declaring the country an independent kingdom.
• How it’s celebrated –
Syttende Mai is celebrated in Norway with parades, complete with colorful flags, marching bands, banners and costumes. The parades often make stops at certain sites along the way, such as nursing homes and war memorials. Participants proudly wear red, white and blue ribbons. After the parade, there are often other parades featuring firefighters, sports teams, student associations and other community groups. Participants and spectators enjoy singing songs and eating ice cream and hot dogs served by street vendors.
• How we celebrate it -
Here at Lady Luck Casino® Marquette, Syttende Mai is celebrated with traditional Norwegian cuisine at The Buffet®. Every year on May 17th, The Buffet features Norwegian classics like lutefisk and lefse. Lutefisk is a dried whitefish that has been soaked in a lye solution for several days, rehydrating the fish. It is often enjoyed with potatoes, green peas, bacon, meatballs and mashed rutabaga. Lefse is a traditional Norwegian flatbread made with leftover potatoes, flour, butter and milk, cooked on a large griddle. It is commonly eaten by adding butter to the lefse and rolling it up, or it can be served with cinnamon and sugar, peanut butter and sugar, jelly, or with savory items. Join us at The Buffet from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to fill up on some of the finest Norwegian foods available!
Uff Da Fest
Another Norwegian holiday with ties to the Syttende Mai. Uff da is a Norwegian expression of sympathy and is used in America to convey a multitude of emotions, such as surprise, astonishment, relief, exhaustion or dismay.
• How it’s celebrated –
Uff Da Fest celebrates Norway’s Independence Day with a weekend full of activities such as wine-tasting, shopping, and eating. In Marquette, Uff Da Fest offers handcrafted arts from an array of vendors, live music and entertainment, and amazing foods.
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