Today, Monday 17th May, is Norway's National Constitution Day. Known as simply “syttende mai” (17th May), the celebration was born out of student spontineity when the country was still ruled by Sweden, and today is one of the most colourful and spectacular holidays in all of Europe. With the Eurovision Song Contest in town, national broadcaster NRK has made sure that participants and delegates will get the best seats in town for the spectacular parade.
Eurovision Song Contest delegates already in Oslo are being treated to some very special events throughtout today. Those in the first semi final that rehearsed yesterday are being treated to a champagne breakfast at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.
They will then be taken to the Royal Palace, home to the King and Queen of Norway where they will see 100,000 children taking place in one of the day's biggest events – The Children's Parade.
Following the parade, delegates will attend the Children's reception, where they will enjoy Norwegian hospitality and some youngsters' delights, including ice cream, sodas and hot dogs!
Later today, delegates will enjoy a lunch and dinner at two of Oslo's best restaurants. The delegate programmes are being organised by NRK, this year's host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest, VisitOSLO tourist organisation in association with the City of Oslo and the Rezidor Hotel Group.