By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — Organizers hope events like the Winter Carnival parade here today will continue to spark a revival of community spirit in Malone.
Beginning at 10 a.m., more than 50 participating groups and organizations will make their way down Main Street (Route 11) from Brewster Street behind the Franklin County Courthouse to Morton Street, said Parade Coordinator Andrea Dumas.
“We’ve got schools, the fire department and several local businesses that are going to be part of it,” she said.
ANN MAIN HONORED
The theme of this year’s parade is “Let’s Make a Scene from Stage to Screen.”
The grand marshal is Ann Main, wife of late County Court Judge Robert G. Main and mother of current County, Surrogate and Family Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr.
Mrs. Main, who was salutatorian of her class at Franklin Academy in 1944, worked in the office of U.S. Sen. Alexander Wiley of Wisconsin before returning to Malone to work.
Following her 1950 marriage, she served as a religious educator and later as the longtime director of the Notre Dame Catholic Church program and was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul store.
Mrs. Main, 85, designs and knits baby caps and has been a volunteer at Alice Hyde Medical Center, served on the Academic Board of Trustees at Franklin Academy and was inducted into the school’s Academic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Leading the parade will be the Malone American Legion Post 219 Color Guard and Upstate Correctional Facility Color Guard, with Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo.
Members of the Franklin County Legislature, Malone Town Council and Village Board will walk the parade route, along with an assortment of floats, clowns, horses from Sayward’s Classic Carriage Service, children from St. Joseph’s Elementary School dressed as Dr. Seuss characters and more entries.
“This is our second year,” Dumas said. “We hadn’t had a Winter Carnival parade in 16 years, so we did it last year.
“We were just getting it up and going, so there were mistakes, but we’ll just keep on getting better,” she said.
BLIND TASTE TEST
A judging booth will be set up in Veterans Memorial Park, and trophies will be awarded for Best Overall Entry and for first, second and third place for Best Spirit and Best Portrayal of the Parade Theme.
The awards ceremony will be at the Malone Elks at 4 p.m.
The Elks Lodge will also be the site of the third-annual chicken-wings contest.
Doors are open after the parade until 1 p.m., when seven area establishments compete for the title of wing master. Contestants are the Elks Lodge, Pete’s Pulled Pork, Fort Brickhouse, The Bear’s Den, Twin Leaf Express, BMJ Midway Market and Owl’s Nest Pizza Express.
A limit of 200 guests will pay $10 at the door to be served chicken wings at their table, where they will choose their favorite in a blind taste test.
The day culminates with the torchlight parade at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center at dusk, followed at 7 p.m. by music from the band Sleep Disorder.
The final event is the Winter Carnival Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mo’s Pub and Grill, with music from the band Bootleggers.
Funds raised will go toward next year’s Winter Carnival, Dumas said.
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