Photos: Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day

People & Places Nikki Tundel · ·

1 Jens-Henrik Selin and his son Thomas Albert make their way to a Syttende Mai celebration at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 20, 2012. 
2 Families make their way through the rain to get to a Syttende Mai service at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 20, 2012. 
3 Nearly 600 people packed into Mindekirken for the celebration of Norway's Constitution Day. 
4 Most churchgoers donned traditional Norwegian dress. One attendee chose to celebrate Syttende Mai by dying her hair. 
5 As chruchgoers listen to the day's sermon, Nora Tearle whispers to her brother Erik at the back of the decorated Norwegian church. 
6 Traditional Norwegian painting is on display at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn. Churchgoers gathered here, in the church basement, for hot dogs after a Syttende Mai service on May 20, 2012. 
7 Attendees of all ages give traditional Norwegian dancing a try at a Syttende Mai celebration at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 20, 2012. 
8 Members of Mindekirken lead a Syttende Mai parade through the streets of Minneapolis, Minn., in honor of Norway's Constitution Day. 
9 A neighborhood resident watches as the Syttende Mai parade makes its way down the street on May 20, 2012. 
10 As the Syttende Mai celebration winds down, Norwegian and American flags are removed from the pews at the Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., to be stored for next year. 
11 Aurora Simon, 3, and her sister head home after the Syttende Mai celebration at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 20, 2012.