Blaine’s Fourth of July parade this Friday
By Jack Kintner
The annual Blaine Fourth of July parade gets underway Friday at noon in downtown Blaine with a local fixture civic events, the always cheerful John Choulochas, as grand marshal.
Over 100 entries are expected, including Miss Whatcom County Zandra Dennis, a sailboat, many antique tractors and the old fire truck from the Odell Street station, a troupe of Golden Goddess Belly Dancers led by Annyse Rayne, the Blaine Theater Guild traveling performance that won Judges Choice in the Ski to Sea parade, the Blaine Unicycles, The Bellingham Pipe Band and both the Blaine high school and middle school marching bands.
“There will be a lot of cars this year,” said parade co-chair Kathleen Hernandez, “and when the parade’s over the show and shine will fill three blocks, on Martin and on H streets.”
There will also be a float with swing dancers advertising the Swing Dance Sensation buffet and live music at Loomis Trail Golf Course on July 10, one of the Blaine Jazz Festival concerts.
Parade participants are asked to register prior to 11 a.m. on Friday, but preferably on Thursday, July 3. Entry forms can be picked up at the visitors information center or online at www.blainechamber.com.
Participants will enter the marshalling area by proceeding north on Fourth Street from H Street. Check-in will be between the library and the skate park.
The hour-long parade starts at noon and will proceed south on Peace Portal Drive five blocks to Boblett, then east two blocks to Fourth and then will return to the marshalling area.
The corner of Third and H streets will be the center of a lot of children’s activities, including the K.I.D.S. Railroad from Jumpin’ Joey’s Bounce House in Lynden, face painting and temporary tattooing. Participants are reminded that as a safety measure this year’s candy may be thrown only by people walking in the parade, but not from vehicles. Spectators are encouraged to park in the school parking lot, behind Big Al’s restaurant and by the old train depot.
City officials said Tuesday that due to construction there will be a smaller viewing area for fireworks than normally is available on Marine Drive. Officials suggest people seek alternative viewing sites such as the G and H Street Plazas and the parklets along Peace Portal Drive. Viewers at Peace Arch Park should leave promptly when the show is over.