Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ski to Sea - Grand Parade

Looking up and down both sides of Cornwall Avenue, thousands had turned out to watch the Ski to Sea Grand Parade. Everywhere, the crowd relaxed on lawn chairs, on blankets, along the curbs, and children played as we waited for the parade to begin.Sunny skies and just a slight breeze made the afternoon perfect. Some of my friends and family gathered under the shade trees in front of our alma mater, Bellingham High School - Kriss and her son Jesse; Christy and her daughter Daniella; Keith and his son; Steve and his son Chris, both his daughters Jennifer and Stephanie, and his little grandson; my nieces, Mary and Amy; my dear grand niece, Elizabeth; and all five of my little grand nephews.

Attending Bellingham's festivities and celebrations over the Memorial Day weekend since I was just a little girl, back when it was called Blossom Time and before they had a Ski to Sea race, I have always enjoyed the parades. My personal favorites, our local school marching bands. Here, the Mount Baker High School marching band passes by.

Winding up our parade this year, the Bellingham High School Alumni Band! After the parade, some of us continued on to Boulevard park to enjoy relaxing in more of the afternoon sunshine. We barbequed up a feast of hot dogs and hamburgers and pork steaks with baked beans and chips completing our picnic. Yum!
Tyson rode around the table on his new bicycle.

Photo highlights of the parade and picnic

An absolutely perfect day!

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