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Thumbnail image for Winter Carnival.jpg Since winter has taken its grip on the Twin Cities, it's time to find a way to not only embrace winter but to wish it away at the same time. The St. Paul Winter Carnival is a great way to accomplish both. Take the time to enjoy several events hosted by the wild and sassy Klondike Kate's, the Royal Court, and the Vulcan's. There are events available for every one of all ages to enjoy.

One of the most popular events that joined the festival last year is the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. Imagine taking on a 400 meter ice course with multiple twists and turns while on skates. This event alone will bring thousands of people to Downtown St. Paul. The first race is on January 24 and continues through the weekend.

If you are more in the mood for a parade, you're in luck as there are four parades during the carnival. Two of the most popular are the Grande Day Parade and the Torch Light Parade. Both provide plenty of fun for young and old. The Torch Light Parade ends with a fireworks display over the Mississippi river.

One of the most talked about events is the Treasure Hunt. Imagine trying to find a medallion the size of a hockey puck located somewhere in one of St. Paul's expansive parks. You do get help in this adventure. The St. Paul Pioneer Press will post clues daily that are witty and are written in riddle form. People have been known to take vacation from work to hunt for the medallion.

This is just a small sampling of the festivities held from January 24 through February 2. This is one of the best ways to embrace winter and get out and enjoy some great events. For more information go to

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