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

January 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm; come early and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats (free!)

The Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade will officially kick off the first day of Carnival, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Saint Paul. Hot chocolate and other treats available at 5 p.m. 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 to Rice 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:  Securian Building/Chamber of Commerce lobby, 401 Robert Street
  • Location end:  Rice Park, enjoy live music, opening comments, a beverage from the ice bar (including our new King Boreas wine!) and the heat from the hot air balloon baskets.

Moon Light Glow Parade Route

King Boreas Grande Day Parade

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

During the Grande Day Parade on the first Saturday of Winter Carnival, 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.

  • Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate.  Visit our Get Involved 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

Grand Day Parade Route

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 @ 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 Washington Avenue to 4th Street and ends at Saint Peter Street in Rice Park. After the parade, follow Vulcanus 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.

  • 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: TBD
  • 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

Torchlight Parade Route


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