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Winterfest 2011 mit Euro Dance Party at the Germanic-American Institute

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Since 1886 people have been venturing out into the cold winter weather to enjoy ice sculptures, parades, and parties during the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. So why is there a winter carnival in the first place? According to the carnival's website, "In addition to showcasing Saint Paul, the business leaders wanted to disprove a New York newspaper reporter who had described their beloved city as 'Another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in the winter.'"

St. Paul has been disproving that namby-pamby reporter ever since. This year there are several new additions to the festivities, including the Germanic-American Institute's Winterfest 2011 mit Euro Dance Party, an all-day, outdoor-indoor affair.

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The party begins outside at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 29. There will be a bonfire, live music, and entertainment including German karneval games. "The coldest day of the year is the perfect time for a beer!" the GAI proudly proclaims. Not only will there will be plenty of beer, there will also be glühwein (mulled wine) and grilled bratwurst.

The Haus (their Summit Avenue mansion) will open at 7 p.m. so the dance party can begin and continue on until midnight. Partygoers will be able to re-hydrate at the bar all night long between bouts of dancing with DJ Ben, who will be spinning retro Euro-pop hits from the '70s and '80s in the Ratskeller.

Winterfest 2011 mit Euro Dance Party takes place at the Germanic-American Institute on Saturday, January 29 from 3 p.m. to midnight. The event is free and open to the public.