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Lake Placid's 40th anniversary parade canceled, torch run, opening ceremony are still on

February 14, 2020
By ELIZABETH IZZO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - A Main Street parade expected to kick off the opening ceremony of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the 1980 Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 14, has been canceled, the chair of the organizing committee said Feb. 12.

The parade was planned to be part of a torch run from Fitness Revolution on Saranac Avenue to the North Elba Show Grounds. The torch run, which will feature at least 10 of the original torch runners from the XIII Olympic Winter Games, will still happen, according to 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee Chair Lori Fitzgerald. She said at a meeting of the Lake Placid Business Association Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, that the parade would be canceled because it's expected to be "too cold" outside.

As of press time on Wednesday, the National Weather Service was predicting partly sunny skies Friday with highs 4 to 10 degrees above zero, northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, and wind chill values as low as 27 below.

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The torch relay passes through Silver Bay on Lake George in early February 1980 as the flame made its way to Lake Placid for the XIII Olympic Winter Games.
(Photo provided — NOAA/John Kelley)

The torch run will stretch from Saranac Avenue to Cascade Road via Main Street and Sentinel Road starting at 5 p.m.

The opening ceremony starts at 5:45 p.m. at the North Elba Show Grounds and will include the lighting of the 1980 cauldron and a fireworks display.



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