Luke Ridnour to lead annual Fourth of July parade

Published on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 by By Tara Nelson and Jerry Huls

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Despite the Supersonics’ departure from Seattle, Luke Ridnour still remains a legend at home.

Ridnour, who led the Borderites to consecutive 2A state basketball championships in 1999 and 2000 will serve as grand marshal of Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July parade this year. The parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. along Peace Portal Drive.

The former first round draft pick of the Seattle Supersonics is now a point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks where he had his best season, shooting nearly 48 percent and averaging 10.4 points per game and four assists.

The day starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Blaine senior center followed by the annual “Show & Shine” car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown, an arts and crafts fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Peace Portal Drive and H Street, a book sale at Blaine library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a new art exhibit and street artists at Loomis Hall Gallery at 3rd and Martin streets and a salmon barbecue at Semiahmoo Resort from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with required reservations. Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. at Blaine Marine Park.

To add to the festivities, parade-goers can enjoy music by local singer/ songwriters Michael “Kooch” Koch at 9:30 a.m. and Levi Ware at 10:30 a.m. Celtic rock band Maggie’s Fury at 2:30 p.m., Sabrina y Los Reyes at 4:30 p.m. in the Pizza Factory parking lot and Marion Weston will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Blaine’s Marine Park.

Blaine gardener’s market
Preluding the Fourth of July festivities is the Blaine gardener’s market featuring live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., homegrown produce, and arts and crafts.

Peace Portal Drive between Cherry and F streets, Martin and G streets as well as H Street  from the boardwalk to Harrison will be closed during the parade. Part of Peace Portal Drive will re-open after the parade but other streets will remain closed until 6 p.m.

For a complete list of events, visit www.blainechamber.com.