We all know that Saint Patrick’s Day is a big holiday when it comes to beer. But for us here at Boundary Bay Brewery, it’s taken on a whole new dimension this year.
We’ve always had a long history of being a community hub; often described by locals as “pure Bellingham.” So, it should come as no surprise that Boundary Bay Brewery and General Manager, Janet Lightner are behind the efforts to get Bellingham’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade up and running.
Bellingham’s first St Patrick’s Day Parade will hit downtown streets on Saturday, March 13th at noon. The event, spearheaded by our own Janet Lightner, is being coordinated by an all-volunteer committee and is directly aimed at bringing the community together. The parade is timed to follow Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department’s Runnin’ O’ the Green Race and Fun Run at Bloedel Donovan Park. “We’re looking forward to a day full of fun for the entire Bellingham community,” says Lightner.
Her inspiration is the long tradition of St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Chicago, New York, Savannah and New Orleans. Like those cities, this parade will honor Bellingham’s Police and Fire Department personnel. Lightner adds, “Especially this year, we want these brave men and women to know that the community supports them.”
Like the traditional parades of Lightner’s inspiration, the Bellingham parade will feature Irish dancers, pipe bands and marching bands. In a non-traditional twist, however, Bellingham’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is focusing on being green. The parade organizers are encouraging human and green powered floats representing local businesses, schools, neighborhood associations and groups from all over the community. Entry into the parade is free and Lightner hopes that will encourage lots of local businesses to come together to participate in this year’s parade.
Want to get involved? The parade’s website is www.bellinghamstpatricksday.com and the Facebook fan page is www.facebook.com/stpatsbham. The committee is also using Twitter to build support at www.twitter.com/stpatsbham. Information requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be continuing the St. Patrick’s Day fun at Boundary Bay Brewery on Wednesday, March 17th with our annual Irish shenanigans. Enjoy a special menu of traditional favorites like Sheperdess pie and corn beef and cabbage (regular menu also available) and kick up your heels to live music from the Paddy Whackers. Enjoy a pint of Dry Irish Stout and pull up a barstool for the Penk O’Donnell Irish dancers – a yearly St. Patrick’s Day treat at Boundary Bay Brewrey.