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Rice Park Winter Carnival Overview

Rice Park is the main venue of Saint Paul’s joyous event, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. This annual festival is held in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This tradition started in the years 1886, 1887, 1888, and 1896. It was established to feature the warm and sunny vibe in Saint Paul during its harsh winter season. The festival went on a hiatus for a few years and was then revived in 1917. It was only in 1946 that the Rice Park Winter Carnival became an annual tradition.


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The History of Rice Park Winter Carnival

King Boreas the First was crowned during Saint Paul’s Winter Carnival in 1886. At the same time, the festival featured an ice palace that was made entirely from ice collected from Minnesota lakes. From then on, the festival became known the world over as a tradition featuring some of the best ice creations.

Aside from ice creations boasting elaborate designs,  the festival also features other exciting attractions and activities such as ice horse-racing and bobsledding. Bobsledding is essentially a unique activity relating to racing in frozen lake surfaces. This event not only displays the beauty of Minnesota but also helps in creating a closer community altogether. The festival also showcases the traditions of the Native Americans that live in nearby tribes.


The Rice Park Winter Festival at Present

Due to its popularity not only among those living in Saint Paul, the Rice Park Winter Carnival started to grow over the years. The Royal Family fraternal organization, the authority that organizes and facilitates the annual winter festival makes public appearances yearly so as to spread the word about the carnival around the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The Royal Family travels in various parts of the Unites States and neighboring Canada to participate in various festivals and special occasions. Their primary aim is to promote community awareness and volunteerism as well as to promote and support charitable causes.

The Rice Park Winter Carnival in Saint Paul is held January each year. During World War II, the committee organizing the festival did not hold the festival in recognition of the conflicts happening overseas during that time.

To date, Rice Park Winter Carnival holds the following events and activities as part of their annual celebration:

  • Grand Day Parade
  • Royal Coronation
  • Kid’s Day
  • Outdoor Beer Dabbler Festival
  • Historic Art Exhibition
  • Klondike Kate Cabarets
  • Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt
  • Dogsled Race
  • Torchlight Parade
  • Snow Sculpting
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Contest

The Rice Park Winter Carnival has successfully created a total of 36 Ice palaces since 1886.