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April 25, 2013

Arts Express: April 25, 2013

Theme for 2014 Winter Carnival announced

SARANAC LAKE — Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen a “Celtic Carnival” theme for the 2014 carnival.

The theme was picked from a slate of the top five ideas generated at the committee’s March meeting: Adirondack Fiesta, Age of Aquarius (the 1960s), Ancient Egypt, Celtic Carnival and Wizards and Dragons in the Mountains.

“We asked the community which of the ideas they would like to see, and there was a clear favorite,” Eric Foster, Winter Carnival committee chairman said in a news release. “We are pleased to announce Celtic Carnival as the theme for next year and are looking forward to an exciting and fun celebration.”

When paring down the theme ideas, committee members weighed a number of factors, including whether a theme could fit well in the parade and the construction of the Ice Palace and generate suitable music for the slide show and the myriad of festivities during the 10-day event. They also took into consideration several polls taken throughout the community.

The word “Celtic” refers to the six Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. This is the second international-based theme in the history of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. In 1994, the theme was “Sister City Celebration,” referring to Saranac Lake’s sister city of Entrains-sur-Nohain, France.

The 2014 carnival will take place Friday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 9.

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