80 people gathered for a rare 17th of May parade

17. MayShanghai, China 20200517.Around 80 Norwegians and Norwegian friends were gathered for 17. May celebration in Shanghai. The tradition of faith was also celebrated this year with children's, corps, ice cream and cakes. Everyone greets with the best congratulations for the day to the Norwegian people in Norway and around the world. Foto: Klubb Norge Shanghai / NTB scanpix

The Coronavirus pandemic causes a shortage of children’s parade around the world, but in Shanghai over 80 people participated in this year’s 17th of May parade.

– “As far as we understand, we are the only May 17 parade in China and probably in other countries as well,” says Consul general Kristin Iglum in Shanghai to NTB.

This year’s tradition was also celebrated this year with a children’s parade, corps, ice cream and cakes in the Chinese metropolis.

– “Shanghai is the city with the most Norwegians in China, so it’s a tradition for a big May 17 celebration. It was extra positive that we were allowed to have the event,” she continues.

The fact that the preparations have been unusual is not to be concealed. The approval came relatively shortly before National Day.

– “It has gone quite fast. We went and waited for approval, then there were restrictions, so it wasn’t that easy. We finally got a reply on April 28, so we’ve had two and a half weeks. Usually, we start planning in February,” says Elisabeth Røed of Club Norway Shanghai who organizes the celebration.

In Shanghai, which has over 24 million inhabitants, there have been only 536 confirmed cases of Coronavirus infection and only six Coronavirus deaths.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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