2021 PARADE CANCELLED - Updated February 23
To our beloved community ~
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we are once again making the decision to cancel this year’s 2021 Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
With the pandemic still a very large part of our daily lives and the inability to be able to ensure safe distancing/other safety protocols are involved with those who would attend the parade, we feel it is the safest option to once again put this year’s parade on hold.
We understand this will come as a disappointment to many, as this parade has been a growing tradition in our community well over the last decade - and we are so incredibly grateful for that! The love this community has and the energy that continues to grow each year with this parade is something so magical, and we cannot wait to be able to see that once again in a world where it is much safer for everyone to gather to do so.
While this decision does not come lightly (believe us - tears have been shed!), we are hopeful that this is one more step towards bringing back larger gatherings and amazing community events that we have so badly missed this last year sooner, rather than later.
In lieu of this year’s parade, we’ve got two fun suggestions for you and your close community to enjoy:
1) Share your favorite parade memories with us and on social media! If there’s one part that truly makes St. Patrick's Day special in this community, it’s hearing all of the stories shared and amazing memories made throughout the year. We’d love to see photos of your favorite parade floats, green attire and special events attended throughout the years.
2) Keep supporting & celebrating local! With a growing community full of amazing small businesses, we believe there’s a way to continue your excitement and support for these organizations/businesses safely without the parade this year. Know of a local business offering food and drink specials, virtual events and the like for this year’s St Pats Day?
Many thanks, luck, warm wishes and cold beer cheers to you all this St Paddy’s Day Season. We have every confidence that the next time we can celebrate our St Paddy’s Day Parade together safely, it will be the biggest and most exciting Parade yet.
Please contact Janet Lightner, Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Chair for more information.
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