Springtime in the Northwest means melting snow in the mountains, streams rushing with cold, clear water and showery days warmed by the occasional sun break. Trees sprout new leaves, flowers appear and the days grow noticeably longer. For families with children of any age, it's a time to reconnect with nature, to truly appreciate the beauty of the region we call home.
Ski to Sea Grand Parade
The annual Ski to Sea Grand Parade is the Bellingham area's premiere family event, a traditional procession that features marching bands, politicians, sports teams, soldiers and sailors, beauty queens, fire engines and mounted police officers, plus floats that celebrate every facet of Whatcom County, from its agriculture to its industry. It's at noon on the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 25 this year).
Everything kicks off from the corner of Alabama Street and Cornwall Avenue, where the procession heads south on Cornwall Avenue to Commercial Street, turning east to its end at State Street.
Families arrive hours early for the best curbside seats. The biggest crowds are near Bellingham High School and at the Cornwall-Commercial intersection, where a party atmosphere reigns. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring blankets, folding chairs and plenty of snacks - plus something to amuse small children.
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