Constitution Day is an important day in Norway, commemorating the signing of the constitution at Eidsvoll on 17th May 1814. The most important part of the celebrations is the children's parade, Barnetoget. Every city, town or village all over the country has its own children's parade in the morning. In Oslo the largest parade this year includes 123 schools led by their brass bands. The parade attracts tens of thousands of people waving their little flags and shouting "hurrah!". The children are greeted by the Royal Family in their national costumes; a tradition that started in 1906 by King Haakon and Queen Maud.
This is a truly a special and great day to visit Oslo, but bear in mind that the city center will be off limits, and traffic jams are likely to occur. Most shops and offices are closed, except for cafés and restaurants.
Visitors are not allowed to join the children's parade.
- The children's parade starts at Akerhus Fortress at 10:00 AM. The route is as follows: Kirkegata - Karl Johans gate, Stortinget -The Royal Palace, Henrik Ibsens gate –Munkedamsveien. The parade ends by the City Hall. See the map of the children's parade.
- Forsvarets Stabsmusikk (The Royal Army`s Brassband) is marching in front of the children's parade arriving at the Royal Palace approximately at 10.30 a.m. The parade is greeted by the Royal Family and the National Anthem is being performed.
- Get free tickets for the parade passing the Royal Palace.
- Because the parade ends at The City Hall, its Square is blocked by fences.
- The children's parade ends in the streets marked 1 a, 1 b and 1 c where children are picked up by their parents. Here and by the Nobels Peace Center /Nobels Fredssenter (2) the crowd is huge.
- Akershusstranda is blocked by children's buses from Akershus Fortress/festning, and from The City Hall Square/ Rådhusplassen (3).