126th Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The original Saint Paul Winter Carnival was held in 1886 to showcase the greatness of the city despite its frigid temps. Depending on the inconsistent weather, 2012's celebration may demonstrate that sometimes the Minnesota winter really isn't bad at all. And while our mostly snow-free season means some events may be postponed until next year, there will still be plenty of good times to be had throughout our capital city. This Thursday, things kick off with the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade, where folks will march to Rice Park and be greeted by hot-air balloons and icy decor. Speaking of which, ice sculptures will be on display in the park through February 5 (or until they melt), with live carving taking place at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 26, and Sunday, January 29. Sporting events include a winter run (January 28), curling competitions (January 28-29), and disc sports. Artsy happenings feature special gallery exhibitions, an orchid show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (January 28-29), and live music concerts. New things planned include a morning yoga class in Rice Park (January 28), the Deepwinter Bonfire at the McNally Smith College of Music (January 28), and a special drag show at the Lowry Lab Theatre (February 2). For a complete schedule of all the happenings that are part of this huge event, visit www.winter-carnival.com
Jan. 26-Feb. 5, 2012

 
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