LAKE PLACID - A tentative date of Sunday, March 16 has been set for a Lake Placid Olympic parade, village Clerk Ellen Clark reported to the board Monday, March 3.
The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is leading the preparations for the event.
In all, six Olympic athletes have agreed to attend, including silver-medal-winning alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, lugers Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake and bronze medalist Erin Hamlin of Remsen, and three bronze-medal-winning bobsledders: Jamie Greubel, Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton.
"Others may or may not come," Clark said. "They are going to walk the route, and they're hoping a lot of kids will walk with them in the parade."
The parade will follow the same route as the Fourth of July parade, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Cummings Road and then go down Main Street, finally stopping at the Cottage Cafe, owned by Weibrecht's parents, where Olympic athletes and others, including Mayor Craig Randall, are set to give speeches. After the speeches, fireworks will be shot from the surface of the lake at 7:30 p.m.
"The parade is going to consist of the Lake Placid High School marching band and hopefully Saranac Lake's high school band," Clark said. "Lake Placid will lead the parade and Saranac Lake will bring up the rear."
Randall said he would call a quick special meeting to approve the fireworks once a more concrete plan is put in place.
In 2010, the village held a hastily organized parade for Weibrecht, an alpine skier who won a bronze medal in super-G at that year's Olympics and the silver medal in super-G at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Randall said he expects to have a big turnout this year.
"I'm excited about what's proposed," Randall said. "I think we are going to have significant participation."