By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“Don’t Rain on My Parade,” is the title of a show-stopping number sung by Barbra Streisand in the Broadway musical “Funny Girl” and in the movie version of the show in the 1960s. Well, it rained on the Norwegian Day Parade in Bay Ridge on Sunday but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of marchers one bit!
A steady downpour fell on the parade participants as they marched up Third Avenue to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of Norway in 1814. The march, which is sponsored by the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee of Greater New York, is officially called the 17th of May Parade, but is also known to Bay Ridge residents as the Norwegian Day Parade. It traditionally takes place on the Sunday closest to May 17.
The marchers received loud cheers from small bands of spectators who lined the parade route and stood under umbrellas to catch all the action.
The parade committee had previously announced that their event would proceed rain or shine.
The theme of this year’s parade was “Sharing our Norwegian Traditions.”
The general chairman of the parade committee is Arlene Rutuelo, a civic activist in Bay Ridge and the owner of Nordic Delicacies, a shop on Third Avenue specializing in foods from Norway.