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Kids, kids and more kids packed the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade on Saturday. Photo: Brian Mann
Kids, kids and more kids packed the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade on Saturday. Photo: Brian Mann

Listen: Music from Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival parade

The ten-day-long Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday night with fireworks blasting and flaring above the ice palace.

One of the big events of the carnival is the parade on Saturday.

This year our very own Brian Mann helped emcee the parade along with Andy Flynn from the Lake Placid News.  Go to full article
A yellow submarine floats through the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Davidson)
A yellow submarine floats through the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Davidson)

Anatomy of a Winter Carnival Parade

This weekend marked the close of Saranac Lake's 116th Winter Carnival. One of the big draws every year is the home-made parade.

Dozens of floats and marchers make their way through the heart of the village, in an event that's one part New Orleans Mardi Gras and one part backyard theater.

The trick each year is to match the theme of the Winter Carnival as cleverly as possible, using materials that range from cardboard to old garbage can lids to yarn.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake High School marching band (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Saranac Lake High School marching band (Photos: Brian Mann)

Saranac Lake crowns region's winter carnival scene with fireworks, parade, history

February is a big month for winter carnivals in the North Country, with celebrations from Lake George to Old Forge. Saranac Lake just wrapped up its big winter carnival last night, with a slide show and fireworks on the shore of Lake Flower.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann was master of ceremonies for this year's carnival parade in Saranac Lake. As the festivities were wrapping up, he sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Knights in shining armor are a highlight of this year's parade (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Knights in shining armor are a highlight of this year's parade (Photos: Brian Mann)

Pride, parade, and the pulse of Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival closed yesterday with a cascade of fireworks over the ice palace on the shore of Lake Flower.

While the castle is the centerpiece of the 114 year old carnival, one of the most revered traditions is the annual parade.

It's a showcase of all the energy, joy and creativity that the village has to offer. Brian Mann was on hand for this year's festivities and sent an audio postcard.  Go to full article
2011 in ice on the medieval castle wall
2011 in ice on the medieval castle wall

Carving a castle of ice in Saranac Lake

For more than a century, a palace built of ice has been the central focus of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Local volunteers design and build the structure out of ice blocks based on the Winter Carnival theme. This year, it's "Medieval Times", and photographer Mark Kurtz used his camera to profile the team of sculptors who filled the castle with frozen furnishings.  Go to full article
Polar Bear Swim, Lake George 2008 (Source:  LG Winter Carnival website)
Polar Bear Swim, Lake George 2008 (Source: LG Winter Carnival website)

Lake George Winter Carnival, for fun and economic survival

February is Winter Carnival month in the Adirondacks, with events from Old Forge to Saranac Lake to Lake George. Brian Mann checked in with Linda Duffy, the volunteer organizer of Lake George's carnival events, which continue this weekend. Linda told Brian Mann that fireworks and polar bear swims give a huge boost to local businesses.  Go to full article
Mark Kurtz's image of the candlelit maze (M. Kurtz)
Mark Kurtz's image of the candlelit maze (M. Kurtz)

For 18 years, picturing the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend, with more fireworks and a big parade, and of course one of the biggest ice palaces in years. For the last eighteen years, Mark Kurtz has had a front-row seat for the celebration. He's the official photographer of the Carnival. His big outdoor slideshow Sunday night is one of the most popular attractions. Kurtz told Brian Mann that he thinks of his work as a way of holding up a mirror to the community.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival on Thin Ice

Winter Carnival season is almost here. Across the north country, towns and villages will hold parades and concerts--and they'll crown their winter royalty. But one thing in short supply this year is cold weather. As Brian Mann reports, thin ice and sparse snow may mean smaller celebrations and fewer tourists.  Go to full article

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