Whenever I think of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, a few thoughts come to mind: the incredible ice palace in years past, the cool ice sculptures in Rice Park, and the Torchlight Parade. It was just last year that I learned that the Torchlight Parade was not the only parade held during the Winter Carnival.
So if you are unaware of the different parades of the St. Paul Winter Carnival like I was, let me tell you all about them.
- Moon Glow Parade–Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:00 pm, Start: Securian Building/Chamber of Commerce lobby, 401 Robert Street, End: Rice Park
Be a part of a walking parade through downtown St. Paul. Dress warmly and bring any wearable lights, glowsticks, blinking attennae, anything that sparkles and shine. Make your way with the crowd of people to Rice Park where you can help yourself to a beverage, listen to live music, and enjoy hot air balloons.
- King Boreas Grande Day Parade–Saturday, January 25, 2014 2:00 pm, Start: Smith Avenue to Rice Park, along West 7th Street, End: Rice Park
The newly crowned King Boreas will lead his Royal Family through the streets in a parade fit for a wintery king. With marching bands and floats, you won’t want to miss this festive occasion.
- Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade–Saturday, February 1, 2014, 5:30 pm, Start: Union Depot to Rice Park, along 5th Street, End: Rice Park
The Vulcanus Res will not let King Boreas reign. This parade will light up the night with the Vulcans celebrating the overthrow of King Boreas which takes place on the James. J. Hill Library steps at Rice Park. Fireworks will conclude the glorious overthrowing tradition of the Vulcans as they are shot off from Raspberry Island.
It’s the St. Paul Winter Carnival. It’s a happy celebration of the winters that make us tough Minnesotans. Dress warmly and go enjoy one, if not all, of the parades!
images courtesy of St. Paul Winter Carnival, used with permission