Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States. Several Eastern newspaper correspondents kindled the start of the Winter Carnival by visiting Saint Paul in the fall of 1885 and returning home to report that Minnesota, in general, was another Siberia, unfit for human habitation. A group of business owners decided to retaliate by creating a wintertime festival which would showcase all the beauty of Minnesota winters.

Today, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival attracts over 250,000 visitors a year and has an approximately $2 – $3 million dollar economic impact to the city of St. Paul and the State of Minnesota.

 
 
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