With the fate of a Memorial Day parade in Bellingham still up in the air year, the St. Patrick’s Day event this Saturday may be its biggest ever.
The parade already has the most entries in its 9-year history, which parade president Janet Lightner attributes to both a $500 prize offered for the most festive entry and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce’s decision to cancel this year's Blossomtime Parade during Ski to Sea.
Entries are still being accepted, but anyone wearing green can walk up and join in. It starts at noon at Cornwall Avenue and Ohio Street and ends at Depot Market Square.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will honor public safety officers, following tradition – the first one was held after four police officers were shot and killed in Lakewood.
“We had been trying to put together the (parade) for a couple of years and this incident galvanized our group into action,” Lightner said.
Moonwater, executive director at Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, will serve as grand marshal.
For the parade route and details, go to stpatsbham.com.