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!

Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m.

The Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade will officially kick off the first day of Carnival, 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 Landmark Center to Kellogg Mall Park. Walkers, most with luminaries in hand to light the way, will be accompanied by hot air balloons which will help keep everyone warm!

  • 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:  Landmark Center
  • Location end:  Kellogg Mall Park

The St. Paul Winter Carnival Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade is introducing a new KIDS’ decorating contest this year.  Dress up yourself, your stroller, your wagon, or any other non-motorized transportation for a chance to win fabulous prizes.  The categories are:

  1. Best use of lights
  2. Most creative
  3. Best Winter Carnival related entry
There is no charge to enter the contest, but we ask that you please arrive at Landmark Center by 5:30 PM to get your contact information and pictures taken.

King Boreas Grand Day Parade
presented by Arctic® Apples

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The King Boreas Grand Day Parade presented by  Arctic® Apples is our daytime procession down West 7th Street featuring dozens of bands, floats and, of course, the newly crowned King Boreas and his Royal Family.

Lori Koutsky, longtime coordinator of the Securian Winter Run, will serve as Community Grand Marshal for the King Boreas Grand Day Parade. Since 1994, Lori has led Securian’s community involvement and philanthropic programs. Community is a core value at Securian, which is why they were recently honored with the National Jefferson Award for exemplary corporate giving and community involvement. Lori is a true Minnesotan and enjoys all things outdoors, such as hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Dennis, and son, Dan. We are honored to have Lori Koutsky as our Community Grand Marshal. 

Our Media Grand Marshals are KSTP’s Dave Dahl and Lindsey Brown. St. Paul’s own and Twins great, Joe Mauer, will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal.  

  • Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate.  Visit our Get Involved page to register
  • Location start: Smith Avenue, along West 7th Street to 5th Street.  Turns right on Cedar Street to Kellogg Blvd 
  • Location end:  Kellogg Park, enjoy a festive atmosphere as the units stroll through


Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Vulcanus Rex will use his wily ways to light up the streets of downtown Saint Paul for the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade.  The evening parade route starts at 5th and Wacouta, travels westbound down 5th Street to Cedar Avenue to Kellogg Blvd and ends at Minnesota Street near Kellogg Park. After the parade, follow Vulcanus and his Krewe to the main stage inside Kellogg Park for the ever-dramatic Overthrow of Boreas. The production will be followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

  • Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate.  Visit our Get Involved page to register
  • Spectators are welcome to watch along 5th Street or find a warm place in the skyway system
  • Location start: 5th Street near the Saints Stadium
  • Location end: Kellogg Park, stay for the Vulcan Overthrow on the Main Stage in the Park to learn more about our legend
  • Fireworks to follow this event in over the River in Kellogg Park 



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