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Parades, Parades, Parades!

Parades are a favorite of every festival and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has three to keep you entertained.  Visit all three of these great parades!


Thursday, January 23, 6 p.m. Start

Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade

The Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade will officially kick off the first day of Carnival, January 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Saint Paul. The public is welcome to join festival organizers and ambassadors, along with neighbors, local business leaders and dignitaries on a cool winter walk from the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce offices (401 Robert Street) to Rice Park. Walkers, most with luminaries in hand to light the way, will be greeted at Rice Park by several tethered and illuminated hot air balloons.

  • Free and open to the public, walking parade, all ages welcome
  • Bring your light-up items including glow sticks, lighted hats, gloves and anything else that will help light up the night
  • Location start:  Securian Building/Chamber of Commerce lobby, 401 Robert Street
  • Location end:  Rice Park, enjoy live music, a beverage from the ice bar (including our new King Boreas wine!) and the heat from the hot air balloon baskets.


Saturday, January 25, 2 p.m. start

King Boreas Grande Day Parade

 During the Grande Day Parade, presented by PreferredOne, our newly crowned King Boreas will lead his Royal Family and their legions of friends. Come out and welcome them and enjoy the dozens of marching bands, floats and other festive folks as they wind down West Seventh Street beginning at the Smith High Bridge and ending at Rice Park.

  • Presented by PreferredOne
  • Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate.  Visit our Applications page to register
  • Location start: Smith Avenue to Rice Park, along West 7th Street
  • Location end:  Rice Park, enjoy a festive atmosphere as the units stroll through


Saturday, February 1, 5:30 p.m.

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade

 Vulcanus Rex will use his wily ways to light up the streets of downtown Saint Paul for the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade presented by Metropolitan State University. The evening parade route starts at 5th and Wacouta, travel westbound down 5th Street to Washington Avenue to 4th Street and end at Saint Peter. After the parade, follow Rex and his Krewe to the steps of the Saint Paul Library across from Rice Park for the ever-dramatic Overthrow of Boreas. The production will be followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

  • Presented by Metropolitan State University
  • Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate.  Visit our Applications page to register
  • Spectators are welcome to watch along 5th Street or find a warm place in the skyway system
  • Location start: Union Depot to Rice Park, along 5th Street
  • Location end: Rice Park, stay for the Vulcan Overthrow on the steps of the James J. Hill Library to learn more about our legend
  • Fireworks to follow this event, shot off from Raspberry Island




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