The 47th annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival, slated for Feb. 8-10 in the village, promises to be an action-packed weekend for all involved, according to organizers.
“We are all very excited by this year’s theme, which is British Invasion,” Committee Co-chair Sarah Lewandowski said in a media release.
The popular carnival fireworks display, now in its 11th year, will officially kick off the weekend following the coronation of the King and Queen and their court at the Lakefront Park Bandstand. The first boom will light up the sky at 6:30 p.m. All are invited.
The next day is another carnival mainstay, the annual parade, at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at Cooper Park and make its way down Main Street
According to Committee Co-chair Teresa Mae Leveille, last year’s parade was a huge hit, and the committee hopes to build on its success.
“It’s a great way for the entire family to get out and have some fun despite the cold weather,” she said in the release.
All community organizations, businesses and residents are encouraged to enter the parade. Entries can include marchers, bands, floats, boats, bikes, trikes, cars, trucks and other vehicles. All participants are encouraged to incorporate a British theme. Judges will award prizes, including $125 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. Anyone interested in entering or sponsoring the parade can contact Leveille at 544-4012 or email the committee at email@example.com.
More information will be released soon on other events, including the Carnival Cooler, the Wings Contest, the Chili Contest and Carnival Closer.
The 2013 committee members include co-chairs Leveille and Sarah Lewandowski, Mike DeSimone, Stephen Light, Lora Newell, John Saphier, Emily Voss, Ed Warner and Brian Wrubleski. The carnival is sponsored by the Lions Club of Cooperstown.
For more information, visit the Carnival website at www.cooperstowncarnival.org , or like Cooperstown Winter Carnival on Facebook.