Making a Winter Carnival wish come true

Child’s Make-A-Wish will include parade, pizza party at Palace on Thursday

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake is bringing back Winter Carnival festivities for one day on Thursday to make a child’s wish come true.

Logan Baugh, a 13 year-old from Oswego County, was granted a Make-A-Wish. For his wish, he wants to stay in an Adirondack cabin and have a pizza party at the Ice Palace.

The Make-A-Wish foundation fulfills the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Mark McGuire, the communications director for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, said the Northern and Central New York chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are collaborating to make Baugh’s dream come true.

McGuire said he was touched by how inventive the Saranac Lake community has been in its planning.

“The North Country people have been exceedingly really warm and generous toward Make-A-Wish and its wish kids and families,” McGuire said. “Time and again, the people in the northern reaches of our 15-county chapter have proven they will go above and beyond to provide special experiences for wish kids.”

The Ice Palace was torn down last week because the warm weather made the ice blocks unstable and unsafe. But Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Branch said the committee is trying to do as much as possible for Logan, and has crafted a whole day of activities for him.

“Saranac Lake never fails to satisfy,” he said.

The public is invited to watch a mini-recreation of the Gala Parade and cheer Logan on along the parade route.

The event will start at the Adirondack Carousel at 11:30 a.m.

Branch said Logan loves Adirondack animals, so he’ll get a ride on one of the carved animals at the carousel.

Then, Logan and his family will join Winter Carnival Royalty on a float led by the Saranac Lake Police Department and St. Bernard’s School, and followed by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

They will travel from Bloomingdale Avenue to Broadway, down to the Main Street parking lot. Along the way, Carnival parade performers like the Lawn Chair Ladies, Canoodlers and Soma Beats will drop in and out, dancing along the street.

The Royalty float will continue to the Ice Palace site, where the Ice Palace Workers Local 101 will build a small Ice Palace for a private pizza party among the ice, sponsored by Blue Line Brewery.

There won’t be as many roads closed as during the Gala Parade, and not for as long. Branch said there will be a short closure on Main Street and Broadway during the parade.


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