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February 4, 2014

Celtic Carnival, Ice Palace draw huge crowds

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CROSSWALK SET UP

“It was a challenging day in the village in many ways, as a large fire (at Broadway and Bloomingdale Ave.) and a major water main break on Park Avenue consumed almost all village personnel through most of Saturday,” the mayor said in a statement.

Rabideau and Trustee Tom Catillaz established the makeshift crosswalk, ushering people safely across the road in front of the Ice Palace.

“Saranac Lake Police arrived a couple of hours later and maintained control well into the night, as record crowds gathered to watch fireworks in the early evening,” the mayor said.

He seemed to adopt a more-the-merrier take on traffic at carnival this year.

“This is a great sign for Winter Carnival growth, as we all profit from it in many ways, so we will be better prepared in the years ahead for this expansion.”

EMPIRE GAMES

The Celtic Carnival continues all week with unique events planned in Saranac Lake. 

Festivities here coincide next weekend with the Empire State Winter Games, with events in venues in Tupper Lake, at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, in Lake Placid and at the Adirondack Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College.

More than 1,000 athletes will be here with family and friends to participate in some 20 events.

Nason said Saranac Lake Police will set up detour signs to direct traffic to Winter Games venues around the parade routes. A Kiddie Parade is a highlight down Main Street here on Sunday.

Amid the carnival flurry, Saranac Lake’s mayor was hosting a special Olympic Send-Off party at the Harrietstown Hall in the village on Monday.

Nine area athletes, including several born and raised in Saranac Lake, are set to compete in Sochi, Russia, for the XXII Olympiad, which starts on Saturday.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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