Resistance is futile!
Vikings are running rampant over the Ridge this week, so we are turning Bay Ridge Nights over — almost entirely — to our new Scandinavian overlords.
Start your Saturday by sailing to the Viking Fest at Owl’s Head Park (68 Colonial Rd. between 68th and Senator streets). The festival will transform the park into a viking village from 10 am until 5 pm, complete with a replica Viking longboat. Quake in fear as re-enactors demonstrate their combat skills, and thrill to performances from Irish dancers and Celtic bagpipe bands — representing other lands the Vikings conquered before setting their sights on Bay Ridge.
On the way to your next Scandinavian engagement, pause to look at the Storefront Art Walk displays — 15 artists displaying their work in stores along Fifth Avenue from 68th to 84th streets. Each artist picked a store on the commercial stretch and created a unique installation with that business in mind.
Then continue to the Bean Post Pub (9525 Fifth Ave. between 76th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway), where seven bands — including Norwegian coastline kings Lords of the Fjords — will play from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and a DJ will spin all night. A 50/50 raffle will raise money for military families.
The Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade starts at 1:30 pm on Sunday — which is the 15th of May, but a little thing like the calendar will not stop these Norwegians from celebrating the 202nd anniversary of their Constitution. You can also start celebrating early with a visit to the Salty Dog (7509 Third Ave. between Bay Ridge Parkway and 76th Street), where the pre-parade party starts at 11 am. You can meet Miss Norway of Greater New York, chat with the parade’s Honorary Marshal, Earling Dugan, and buy a Norwegian flag to wave during the parade.
The aforementioned parade starts a few blocks away at 80th Street and Third Avenue, running up the latter, turning right on Bay Ridge Avenue, left onto Fifth Avenue, and finally right onto 67th Street to the review stand between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
You can keep the Scandinavian action going after the parade at the Swedish Football Club (725 65th St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues), where squeezebox maestro Ellen Lindstrom and her band the Swedish Meatballs will keep toes tapping until 7 pm.