It's that time of year again: when folks brave threats of freezing temperatures, harsh windchill, and snow by the foot to enjoy the vast variety of happenings at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, many of which are outdoors. Things kick off this Thursday with multi-block ice carving in the morning and live music in the evening at Rice Park. The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships will also take over downtown and the Cathedral area that day, as over 200 ice cross downhill racers will compete for top honors at high speeds. Folks can get directly involved in festivities with the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade at 5:30 p.m. starting at the Securian Building (401 Robert St.). Other fun outdoor activities to be had during the festival include the snow sculpting competition on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the World's Toughest BBQ (also at Rice Park), and the Beer Dabbler in Lowertown. Folks who prefer to spend January warm and indoors may enjoy Saturday's Euro-Dance Party at the Germanic-American Institute (or stop by earlier for the outdoor party with mulled wine and carnival-style entertainment), the children's art show at the AZ Gallery, or the Queens and Fire and Ice drag show at the Lowry Lab Theatre. For a complete schedule and list of locations, visit www.winter-carnival.com.
Jan. 24-Feb. 3, 2013