Ski to Sea grand parade kicks off at noon Saturday


Bellingham's biggest pre-Ski to Sea event, the Blossomtime Grand Parade, is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, featuring more than 100 entries, including floats from a variety of local organizations, marching bands, politicians, classic cars, horseback riders and fire engines.

Featured are such favorites as the Shriners with their tiny motorcars, camels from Beldar Haven Farm, and a student-made Whatcom Community College float featuring a life-size orca sculpture, representing the school's mascot.

"I'm extremely impressed at how well it's turned out," said Matthew Santos, the college's student life coordinator. He said students have been working since April on the papier-mâché float.

Bellingham Police Lt. Rick Sucee, who is a longtime Ski to Sea volunteer and involved in many local organizations, will serve as grand marshal. This year's theme is "Rolling Forward Together; the Wheel of Whatcom."

The procession starts at the corner of Alabama Street and Cornwall Avenue and heads south on Cornwall to East Champion Street, turning left onto Champion and then left onto North State Street, finishing at the intersection of York Street.

Spectators are advised to arrive early for the best viewing. Many longtime parade-watchers stake out sites with blankets and lawn chairs and bring food for a tailgate-like experience.

Popular viewing sites - where the largest crowds gather and a party atmosphere prevails - are near Bellingham High School and near the intersection of Cornwall and East Champion streets on the edge of downtown.

Be sure to dress for the weather and pack a snack and water, because you won't want to give up your spot. Scattered showers are expected to dry up just in time for the parade, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are predicted to be in the low 60s.


When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24.

Where: Starts at the corner of Alabama Street and Cornwall Avenue and heads south on Cornwall to East Champion Street, turning left onto Champion and then left onto North State Street, finishing at the intersection of York Street.


The seven-leg Ski to Sea race begins at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, May 25, at Mt. Baker Ski Area and ends at Marine Park in Bellingham. Mount Baker Highway east of Glacier will be closed for the race, as will other areas as racers pass through.


Following is the tentative order for entries in the 2014 Ski to Sea Blossomtime Grand Parade. Some groups are listed more than once because they have multiple entries.

Bellingham Police Department

Ferndale Police Department

City of Bellingham

South Whatcom Fire Authority

Bellingham Police Department

Everson Police Department

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Bill Elfo

Police Reserve

American Legion

Grand marshal

American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 7

Knights of Columbus

Veterans of Foreign Wars Custer Post and Auxiliary

City of Bellingham

Bellingham Fire Department

U.S. Bank Carey Jones float

Ferndale High School Band

Jerry Jadorholm

Washington State House of Representatives

Historic Fairhaven Association

Lions Club MD - 19 International

South Whatcom Fire Authority

People for Seth Fleetwood

Little Caesars Pizza

Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Squalicum High School Band

Northwest Washington Community of the Deaf

BYC Junior Sailing

Nile Shriners

Dancing For Joy, School of Dance w/Jubilee Dance Company

Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein

Whatcom County Councilman Barry Buchanan

Marysville Pilchuck High School Marching Tomahawks

Miss Whatcom County Scholarship Program

Craig Wilder

Mount Baker Theatre

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa

Whatcom County Fire District No. 7

Meridian High School

Whatcom County Dairy Women

Rodeo Cowgirls Drill Team

Banner Bank

Assumption Catholic School

Port of Subs Joe Sturgeon

Bellingham High School

Whatcom Rowing Association

American Mothers Inc.

Fircreek Day Camp

Acme Ice Cream

Brian Funk

Bellingham Elks Lodge No. 194

Lynden PRCA Rodeo

A1 Septic Solution

Bellingham Roller Betties

Bellingham Bulldogs

Sehome High School

Bellingham Sister Cities Association

Camel Safari

Marine Corps League, Bellingham Chapter 1335

Jerry Jadorholm

Khalsa Punjabi School

Blaine High School

Whatcom Community College

Rocket Donuts

Whatcom County Democrats

Bellingham Jazzercize

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival

Dancing For Joy, School of Dance w/Jubilee Dance Company

Blaine Artists Group

4th Corner Elites Car Club

Burned Children Recovery Foundation

Northwest Washington theatre group

Classic car

Whatcom County Search and Rescue Council

Alaska Airlines

U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11

Relay For Life / American Cancer Society

Bellingham Backpack Marimba Band

Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters IAFF Local 106

Consumer Awareness Advocates

Deming Logging Show

Dance Studio

Jamie Fairbanks

Bellingham Circus Guild

Bellingham Middle School Band/Whatcom Educational Credit Union

Sanitary Service Company, Inc.

Classic car

Classic car

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)

The Johnston family and friends

Junior Ski to Sea Best Middle School Band

Junior Ski to Sea Best Float winner

Mount Baker High School


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