Ski to Sea Junior Parade brings kid-friendly chaos to Bellingham


The colors of the rainbow are represented by adults and children of Loving Space preschool and kindergarten as they get ready for the Junior Ski to Sea Parade down Cornwall Avenue on Friday May 20, 2011 in Bellingham.


BELLINGHAM - Organized chaos will descend on downtown Bellingham Friday evening, May 17, as the Ski to Sea Junior Parade takes to the streets.

The parade will start at the corner of Alabama Street and Cornwall Avenue at 6 p.m., with judging for entries starting at 4:30 p.m.

From Alabama, the parade will go down Cornwall, take a left onto East Champion Street and turn onto Railroad Avenue before ending on York Street. The route will be closed to cars from 4 to 8 p.m.

About 40 large entries are registered for this year's parade, including a 300-person human rainbow from Loving Space School, an Itty Bitty Cheer Team of 3- to 6-year-olds doing cheers, and a maypole from Western Washington University.

Walking groups and bike groups don't have to register beforehand.

Ski to Sea Junior Race teams are encouraged to walk in the parade to show team spirit.

"Everyone comes and they have fun and they just go all out," said Mora Shaw, event coordinator for the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which stages the event. "When you get the chance to do that, you definitely want to take it. It just has a lot of energy and everyone's excited to be there. It's always something to look forward to."

Groups that want to be judged should line up before the start of the race.

Spectators who want a good spot to view the parade should arrive at least half an hour before it starts, Shaw said, adding that a good spot is on Cornwall a few blocks down from Alabama.

"You'll see all the magic as it starts," she said.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at or call 756-2803.

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