February 8, 2013

Carnival leaders undaunted by expected 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.

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