Niska-Day: Fun under the sun


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NISKAYUNA — People can always count on music, hot dogs, balloons, hamburgers, carnival rides and craft vendors on Niska-Day.


Niskayuna’s annual outdoor party will be held Saturday: The 38th edition of Niska-Day — “Hats Off to Niskayuna” — will take place on the grounds of Craig Elementary School on Balltown Road and the adjacent Zenner Road soccer complex.


This year, people can count on great weather.


“We’re looking for mostly sunny conditions and highs around 70, which is a normal high for mid-May,” said Tom Wasula, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany.


On Sunday, the temperature could reach 80.


“Saturday is looking like the less humid and the more pleasant day of the weekend,” Wasula said, who added that Niska-Day fans will not have to worry about rain. There is no chance of showers.


“The way it’s been raining this past month, we’re glad we have a forecast for dry conditions for that event,” Wasula said.


Events begin at 8 a.m. with a fun run at Van Antwerp Middle School. Niska-Day’s famous parade starts at 10 a.m.


The parade will mean some road closures. Niskayuna police say the following streets will temporarily be closed by 9:45 a.m.


* Union Street east and west between Oregon and Palmer avenues;

* Balltown Road from Van Antwerp Road to Baker Avenue;

* Van Antwerp between Union Street and Story Avenue;

* Grand Boulevard between Van Antwerp and Dean Street;

* Regent Street between Plum Street and Nott Street;

* Nott Street from Dean to Balltown Road;

* Nott Street East from ShopRite Plaza to Balltown;

* Ray Street from Balltown to Van Antwerp.


Police said Union Street east and west between Oregon and Palmer will be the first to reopen after the parade line moves onto Van Antwerp.


The other streets will re-open between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.


Entertainers and food will carry the day. Fireworks, starting at 9:15 p.m., will carry the night.


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