LAKE LUZERNE The towns are separated by less than 10 miles, but Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will host their own Olympic celebrations in the coming weeks.
The first of the celebratory parades will be held Sunday, March 16 in the Olympic village of Lake Placid. It will begin at 5:30 p.m., starting at the intersection of Main Street and Cummings Road and ending at the Cottage Cafe.
Scheduled to appear at the parade are alpine skiing silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Saranac Lake and luge bronze medalist Erin Hamlin of Remsen, along with bobsled teammates Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton, who earned bronze medals in both the two- and four-man events. The Olympic Regional Development Authority, who is coordinating the event, said more Sochi athletes could be added to the event.
Following the parade, there will be speeches from the Olympic medalists, followed by a fireworks display sponsored by Clauss Chiropractic.
The parade is a collaborative effort including the Villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, Town of North Elba, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid Central School, Lake Placid Business Association, ORDA and ROOST.
For more on the Lake Placid parade, visit orda.org.
Ten days later, the Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber, Village of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, The Olympic Regional Development Authority and Good Guy Productions will host a second Regional Olympic Athletes Parade Wednesday, March 26, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The parade begins at 54 Broadway at 3:15 p.m. and will continue to Main St. and conclude at the Harrietstown Hall.
Festivities will move indoors to the town hall auditorium, where the Sochi athletes will make presentations and be available for photos and autographs.
For more information on the Saranac Lake Olympic parade, contact Katy Van Anden, Executive Director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, at 891-1990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.