The Green Scene

Party like the Irish


Getting pinched is one of my least favorite things, so I always try to wear at least one item of green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day to ward off pesky revelers who might take my lack of participation as an invitation to put their grubby mitts on me.

This year, I’m a little confused. St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, but most of Bellingham will be celebrating at a variety of events that happen on Saturday. Does this mean I need to dress like a verdant shamrock on both days to avoid the pinches? I’ve yet to figure that head-scratcher out, but in the meantime I’ve compiled a list of events happening Sat., March 16 that will allow those seeking out the luck o’ the Irish a number of chances to do so. Should you wear green to them? Unless getting pinched is something that thrills you, I’d say yes—just to be safe.

Although the City of Bellingham’s annual “Runnin’ O’ the Green” race is already full of participants who are eager to run or walk 5-8 kilometers while dressed as leprechauns and assorted other leaf-hued characters, that doesn’t mean you can’t cheer them on. If you make your way to the Depot Market Square before the race’s 10am start time, you’ll be treated to the annual spectacle. They’ll be returning to the same place, so stick around and catch them on the way back, too. More info: http://www.cob.org

Watching or taking part in the aforementioned athletic event will mean you’ll be front and center when the 4th annual Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets going. If you’re already festively dressed from the previous event, simply re-hydrate and get yourself to the parking lot of Cool Beans Espresso (on the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Ohio Street) before noon. Unless your entry is a band or a float, no application is needed, and you can simply step in line with a variety of other marchers to wend your way through downtown Bellingham. If watching is more your speed, bring a collapsible chair and set up camp to watch the action. You probably won’t be too surprised to hear that parade organizers are putting an emphasis on being environmentally friendly, so, if possible, bike, walk or take the bus to get yourself there. If you’re putting together a float or a costume, consider sourcing recycled materials and keep the “green” theme relevant. More info: http://www.stpatsbham.com 

If you’re looking for ways to keep the seasonal celebrations going until the wee hours, you have even more options. You can see Music Editor Carey Ross’ holiday highlights on pg. 20 of this issue, and also make plans to a St. Patrick’s Day Dance being put on by USA Dance Bellingham from 7-10pm at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 1213 Cornwall Ave. Music from Ireland will be part of the festivities, and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and dance the night away. As this is the last time USA Dance will be hosting a gig at this venue—which is closing at the end of the month—your support will be most welcome. As always, singles and beginners are welcome. More info: http://www.bellinghamusadance.com

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