Each year, the Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee carefully selects a Grand Marshal to lead the parade down the streets of Downtown. The representative chosen exemplifies superior qualities of leadership, a strong dedication to our community and an overall positive attitude. 


2022 Grand Marshal: Erika Lautenbach

Grand Marshals


2022 Erika Lautenbach, Director of the Whatcom County Health Dept.
2020 Mayor Seth Fleetwood

2019 Alice Clark, Executive Director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership
2018 Moonwater, Executive Director
of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center 

2017 Whatcom Community College
2016 Todd Elsworth
2015 Fire Chief Bill Newbold
2014 Chief of Police Clifford Cook
2013 Tammy Bennett
2012 Mayor Kelli Linville
2011 Sheriff Bill Elfo
2010 Mayor Dan Pike


“Kick the March doldrums to the curb with Bellingham's St. Paddy's Parade,” says Tammy Bennett, former Grand Marshal and current member of the YMCA’s Department of Fun. “It's the perfect opportunity to join family, friends & neighbors, gussy up yourselves (& bikes if you like rollin') and get your green on!“