March 11, 2020

Janet Lightner
Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Chair
(360) 303-9332

Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Cancels 2020 Parade

It is with a heavy heart that the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is choosing to cancel this year’s Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to the current status of the COVID-19 situation within Whatcom County.

On March 10, 2020 the Health Department made recommendations for the community to “cancel or postpone non-essential large public gatherings” for “large gatherings of 10-50 people or more.”  As these recommendations stem from the Whatcom County Health Department’s declaration of a public health emergency within Whatcom County, the Parade Committee believes this decision is necessary in order to keep our community safe during this time. 

The Committee is strongly supporting all of the recommendations made by the Health Department in its announcement and encourages the public to celebrate the upcoming holiday in other ways with these suggestions in mind.

The Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will discontinue its plans for the parade this Saturday, March 14 but hopes to offer similar activities at a later point in time when it is safer for the community to gather.  

It may rain on our parade this time, but there’s always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Stay tuned for all of the fun festivities the Committee has planned for celebrating during the calm after the storm!

The Committee sends out thoughts of strength, calm and health during this concerning time for our community and encourages all to follow the Health Department’s suggestions of  washing hands, staying home when feeling sick and keeping a safe distance from those who are at a higher risk of severe illness.

Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a nonprofit, community-wide event honoring all local public safety personnel by celebrating and inspiring sustainability in the hope of making our city a cleaner, greener, safer place we call home.

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        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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