February 7, 2013

Winter Carnival leaders undaunted by coming snow


---- — SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade will go on no matter the weather or how much snow piles up.

Village Manager John Sweeney said Thursday, as the big Nor’easter bore down on the region, that they just need some time early Saturday to get the roads, walkways and parking lots cleared out.

The village has a plan.

A winter-storm parking ban begins at midnight Friday that extends from Broadway to Lake Street, then along Broadway from Bloomingdale Avenue to Main. 

The parade parking ban goes into effect at noon Saturday along the parade route, per usual.


Saranac Lake Police issued a road-closure announcement to help people navigate the generally hectic travel as the parade time approaches.

An additional foot or so of snow could make the scramble for parking and position more hectic.

Here’s the road closure plan: Lapan Highway from Canaras Avenue to Main Street; Main Street from River Street to Church Street; and Broadway from the intersection of Route 86 and Trudeau Road to Main Street.

“There will be alternate routes with detour signs for drivers to follow,” the police advisory said. 

Police reminds motorists to watch for pedestrians throughout the downtown area and around the Ice Palace as the celebration continues.

“We would also like to remind all spectators at the Gala Parade to remain on the sidewalks and behind barricades at all times.”


Parking areas surrounding the downtown area will be cleared early, including near the train station on Depot Street and Petrova school, as well as spots at the Lake Flower boat launch near the Ice Palace. 

Then village crews will work on the interior lots beside Sears and the Berkeley Green and behind Main Street, in addition to making room on the sidewalks, walkways and main pedestrian thoroughfares.

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:


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.


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.

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Lion’s Club Chili Sale, Harrietstown Town Hall.

11 a.m.: Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition, Riverside Park.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Paul Smith’s College Alumni Reunion, Sears parking lot.

Noon: Parade lineup, Lake Colby Drive.

1 p.m.: Gala Parade, Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to Lapan Highway, followed by Parade Band Concert, Harrietstown Town Hall.

7:30 p.m.: Pendragon Theatre, “Terra Nova,” call 891-9052.


10 a.m.: Casella Waste Adult X-C Skiing, Dewey Mountain, call 891-2697.

11 a.m.: Bionique Snowflake Volleyball Tournament, Saranac Lake Civic Center Rotary Field.

11 a.m.: Showshoe Softball, Elks Field, John Munn Road.

11 a.m.: Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament, Bloomingdale Fields, call 637-4669.

Noon: Saranac Lake Teachers Association Kids X-C Ski Races, Dewey Mountain, call 891-2697.

12:30 to 3 p.m.: Snowy Owl Face Painting for children, Harrietstown Town Hall.

2 p.m.: Kiddie Parade sponsored by Lake Champlain Pools, Spas and Stoves, from the Saranac Lake Free Library to the Town Hall.

3 p.m.: 18th-annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert, Methodist Church, sponsored by the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association.

7:30 p.m.: Cape Air/American Management Association Carnival Slide Show, Ice Palace.

8 p.m.: Guide Boat Realty Storming the Palace Fireworks Display, Ice Palace.


2 and 7:30 p.m.: Post-Carnival Cape Air Slide Show, Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

See the complete schedule and other carnival details at:

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