Winter Carnival accepting parade, vendor applications

SARANAC LAKE — Applications for vendors and parade performers participating during the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available online at

Applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 193 River St.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place on Feb. 3 to 12, 2017, featuring an “Adirondack Wildlife” theme.

The Gala Parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, and there will be trophies awarded 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. Parade participants are encouraged to start their planning now. Entries are rated on the following: theme (matches “Adirondack Wildlife” theme), sound system, live music, choreography, costumes, float decoration, creativity and unusual item. Completed parade applications should be submitted no later than Feb. 8, emailed to or mailed to Winter Carnival Committee, P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

The Winter Carnival Committee will hold a public drawing for two to three 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 or by mail to Winter Carnival Committee, Attn: Judging, no later than Feb. 4.

All vendors participating during the carnival are required to complete a vendor agreement form and mail it or drop it off at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by Jan. 28. Any vendor serving food or beverages will also be responsible for securing an operating permit from the state Department of Health at least 30 days before the event. This permit must be displayed to appropriate officials upon request. For more information about vendors, contact Robin Johnson at 518-327-3071.

“We encourage people to get their applications in early so they can join the festivities of Winter Carnival,” said Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Branch.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, community-wide 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