SARANAC LAKE – Applications for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2015 Gala Parade are now available online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. Parade applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River St. in Saranac Lake. Completed applications should be mailed to the Winter Carnival Committee at PO Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.
New this year, the Winter Carnival Committee will hold a public drawing for 2-3 judging seats to be chosen randomly for an opportunity to be part of the parade judging panel. Judges remain outside on the viewing platform during the parade. Anyone over 18 years old who would like to be a judge should submit their name, phone number, mailing address and email address to email@example.com, or send by mail to the Winter Carnival Committee, Attn: Judging, no later than January 9, 2015.
“We encourage people to get their applications in early so they can be part of the Gala Parade,” said Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Chairman Eric Foster.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place on Feb. 6-15, 2015. The Gala Parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 14 and there will be trophies for floats and walking units in six different categories (Business, Civic or Volunteer Group, Youth Group, School Group, Independent Group and Animal Unit) as well as the Louis Fobare Trophy for Best in Parade.
The theme this year is “Groovy ‘60s” and parade participants are encouraged to start their planning now. Entries are rated on the following: theme (matches parade theme), sound system, live music, choreography, costumes, float decoration, creativity and unusual item.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where carnival events have been traditionally held for generations. For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. The 2015 Winter Carnival will take place February 6 – 15.