Bellingham kicked off its Saint Patrick's Day celebrations a little early this year with its first annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Starting at noon, the streets were lined with cheering crowds as the parade worked its way up Cornwall Avenue and on through downtown Bellingham. Helping to spread awareness of the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network within our community, with stranding response team members Trisha and Julie, I helped carry the banner for the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network along the parade route.
Followed in the parade by the Bellingham Roller Betties, we certainly heard lots of applause and cheers. The afternoon ended with a huge after party at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro. With a stage in the beer garden filled with lively Irish musicians and dancers, and great food coming off their barbeque, it really was a lot of fun. Everyone loves a parade!