The St. Paul Winter Carnival is one of the nation's longest running festivals.
In 1885 a New York reporter described St. Paul as " another Siberia, unfit for human habitation" in winter. St. Paulites were highly offended by the insult, so they decided to prove that St. Paul was not just habitable, but actually fun in the winter.
In 1886, the first Winter Carnival had a huge ice palace, parades,skiing, snow shoeing, games & sleding.
It takes place during the last 2 weeks of January in St. Paul, MN.
Fun events start with the Grande Day parade & include ice racing, art shows, free ice skating, ice & snow sculptor contests & sporting contests topped off by the Torch Light parade.