St. Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul Winter Carnival

Last week of January to first week of February
This 10-day winter festival was established in 1886 in response to a newspaper story from the East that described St. Paul, Minnesota, as "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." A group of local businessmen set out to publicize the area's winter attractions, and the first winter carnival featured an Ice Palace in St. Paul's Central Park constructed by a Montreal contractor.
Since that time, an entire legend has developed about the founding of St. Paul. This legend is reenacted each year. The main players are Boreas, King of the Winds, the Queen of the Snows, and the fire god, Vulcanus, who storms the Ice Palace but is persuaded by the Queen to submit to Boreas and let the people enjoy their carnival celebration.
Highlights include ice golf, skating, skiing, and sled dog races, softball on ice, ice carving and snow sculpture contests, and a parade featuring antique sleighs and cutters.
CONTACTS:
St. Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation
429 Landmark Ctr., 75 W. 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-223-4700; fax: 651-223-4707
www.winter-carnival.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 98
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