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Here’s the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Bellingham without a beer

A quick history of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is a celebration on the anniversary of St. Patrick's death in the fifth century.
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St. Patrick's Day is a celebration on the anniversary of St. Patrick's death in the fifth century.

Bellingham is probably not the first city you think of when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Green? Sure. Beer? Absolutely — though not necessarily mixing the two together. But we’re not home too many Irish pubs or an overly disproportionate number of people with Irish roots.

But Alice Clark, executive director for the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and grand marshal for the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade, has found a way to marry Bellingham with St. Patrick’s Day. According to the parade’s Facebook page, she has declared the theme for this year’s parade — its 10th — “The Year of the Bike.”

According to the post, bicyclists, unicyclists, tricyclists and anybody else using pedal power are invited to join Clark at the staging area Saturday in the Habitat for Humanity parking lot at the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Ohio Street to kick off the parade at noon. They’ll likely be followed by the floats, bagpipes and fire trucks to make the parade experience complete.

The parade route will take Cornwall Avenue through downtown to East Chestnut Street, turn right on Railroad Avenue and finish at the corner of East Maple Street and Cornwall Avenue near the Opportunity Council.

Bellingham will celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 17 with one of the community's most popular parades. The community event will honor public safety personnel. This year’s Grand Marshal is Moonwater, the Executive Director at Whatcom Disp

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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