Join us for Bellingham’s favorite hometown parade – the Blossomtime Parade, presented by Sanitary Service Company (SSC) and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce! We have lots of area marching bands, floats, fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles, dance troupes, clowns, the Bellingham SeaHawkers, community walking groups and horses! You’re sure to be entertained!
This year’s Grand Marshal is Whatcom Community College – celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! WCC will be represented by President Kathi Hyane-Brown, Ed.D., and a selection of WCC students.
The Blossomtime Parade committee opted not to pick a theme for this year’s parade to encourage parade entries that best represent their business or organization’s mission and message.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
The parade begins at 12:00 p.m.
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa float
The parade route begins at the corner of Alabama and Cornwall, progresses south on Cornwall, turns east on E. Champion and then turns north on N. State. The parade ends at N. State and York streets. The parade route fills up fast with spectators, so choose your spot early to get the best view of the parade!
Crowds of people start lining the streets hours before the parade begins.
Thank you to everyone who marched, danced, rode, and played music for the 2016 Blossomtime Parade! Click here for the parade results and the list of award winners and watch the televised parade on YouTube! Thank you to the City of Bellingham and BTV 10 for producing the parade video!
Blossomtime – Celebrating 97 Years
Making Memories since 1920
The Blossomtime Parade is a traditional hometown parade with a rich history, starting in 1920 when the then “Bellingham Chamber of Commerce” conducted a beauty pageant that accompanied the “Tulip Festival Parade.” Contestants were sponsored by local businesses that sold flowers to support their candidate. The business that sold the most flowers would have their contestant named the Tulip Parade Queen while the other contestants served as her court. The tradition continued for decades and included the 1966 Queen—Kelli Linville, who grew up to become Mayor of Bellingham.
The Chamber of Commerce cancelled the parade during the Great Depression and WWII. 1947 saw the parade’s revival as the Blossomtime Parade, which changed to the Ski to Sea Grand Parade, and then back to Blossomtime over the years.
Many locals have memories of the parade – having performed in the parade – in their high school marching band, on a float and in an antique car. And even more people have been able to pick their favorite viewing spot and sit back and enjoy the parade year after year.
Whether you watch for the high school marching bands, the floats, the antique cars and trucks, the police and fire vehicles, the clowns in little cars or the dance groups, there is something special for everyone is the Blossomtime Parade.