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February 8, 2013

Carnival leaders undaunted by expected snow

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Other areas often accessed by hardy, early parade-goers are also just off Main Street.

But those will be cleared last.

Sweeney said they hope to have as much done as possible by 7 or 8 a.m., but a lot depends on how much snow falls and when the storm ends.

Crews have to make safe passage through the village first.

“The parking ban is really for downtown so we can get snow cleaned up the best we can,” he said. “We’re going to go after the travel routes out through Lake Flower first. We encourage people to come down. But timing is everything. We are just asking everyone to give the village a chance to clear the route.”

Sweeney said carnival activities will commence as usual, and he hopes everyone comes to enjoy the festivities, just taking a little more time to get there.

The National Weather Service’s storm watch, with temperatures in Saranac Lake forecast at minus 15 degrees with the wind chill and maybe 15 inches of snow, remains in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday, just as the parade is due to step off.

Here’s the carnival schedule:

TODAY

10 a.m.: Adirondack Bank Innertube Races, Mount Pisgah.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 24th-annual Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library.

12:30 p.m.: First Niagara Children’s Skating Races, Saranac Lake Civic Center.

6 p.m.: Downtown Saranac Lake Outdoor Movie Night, Berkley Green.

7:30 p.m.: Rotary Club Variety Show, Harrietstown Town Hall, $13 advance, $20 at the door.

SATURDAY

8:30 to 11 a.m.: Mason’s Pancake Breakfast, Saranac Lake Adult Center, sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple.

10 to 11 a.m.: Meet the carnival characters, Ice Palace.

10 a.m.: Snow Rugby Game sponsored by Can-Am Rugby, Petrova School Athletic Field.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 24th-annual Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library.

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