Every year since 1886, St. Paul has held a winter carnival. There's a bunch of various events including parades, a treasure hunt, and sporting and gaming events. On Saturday afternoon, I went to the King Boreas Grand Day Parade. If you're wondering why in the world the "King Boreas" is there, it's because there's actually a storyline behind the whole carnival. A short version of the story is this:
King Boreas was travelling the world with his brothers. When they came across the city of St. Paul, they were awestruck by its beauty and decided to make the city their winter home. They announced that a celebration should be held. When Vulcanus Rex, the god of fire and Boreas' enemy, heard of the plans, he decided to ruin the celebration. For ten days, the carnival went on unhindered. But, on the tenth day, the Vulcan Krewe stormed the ice palace and confronted the King's Guard. To ensure peace, King Boreas surrendered and returned to Olympus, always waiting to return to St. Paul in the winter.
A longer (and much better) version of the legend can be found at the Winter Carnival's website (here). There's a huge cast of characters in the storyline, including King Boreas, the Queen of the Snows, Klondike Kate, Vulcanus Rex, members of the Vulcan Krewe, the Four Winds and each of their wives, and more. Every year, people are elected to play these parts and march in both the Grand Day Parade at the beginning of the Carnival and the Torchlight Parade at the end of the Carnival.
I didn't get very good pictures of the parade since I was standing off to the back and my view was this:
|The people in that skyway have the best view, I think.|
But, a few blocks away in Rice Park, they were displaying entries for this year's ice carving competition.