St. Paul Winter Carnival opens

vita.mn | Updated 1/24/2013

With a normal winter underway, Winter Carnival festivities are a go. Plus: The Alt Sled Rally hits Powderhorn Park.

The King Boreas Grande Day Parade during the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

OPENING

St. Paul Winter Carnival

Last year’s unseasonably warm weather forced the cancellation of several key events — including the snow sculpture contest, sled dog race and snow maze — at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Fortunately, this January’s icy temperatures leave no doubt that the festivities will go on. In addition to the aforementioned events are the Moon Glow Parade (4:30 p.m. Thu.), the Royal Coronation (5:30 p.m. Fri.), the Grand Day Parade (2 p.m. Sat.), the “Rock the Palace” dance party with live music from Uncle Chunk (7 p.m. Sat.), the Torchlight Parade (5:30 p.m. Feb. 2), a juried art show, ice skating and live music in Rice Park, the ever-popular Beer Dabbler (3:30-7:30 p.m. Sat.) and the annual medallion treasure hunt with a new clue announced daily and cash prizes of up to $10,000. A new addition is the second annual Red Bull Crashed Ice championships (see cover story, page 17), which coincides with the carnival this year. (Thu.-Feb. 3. Free. Various locations. www.winter-carnival.com.) Jahna Peloquin

SATURDAY

Art Sled Rally

Now in its sixth year, the Art Sled Rally takes up the Minnesota tradition of customizing various forms of transportation with an artful touch — see also Art Cars, Art Bikes, etc. Art Sled enthusiasts will present their latest creations, handmade from cardboard, wood and paint and take them for a spin on the hills of Powderhorn Park. Whether you’re braving the slopes or safely viewing from the sidelines, it’s a winter tradition in the true Minnesota spirit. If you need help, supplies, space to build or just the camaraderie, a free community workshop is offered in the gym of the park’s Powderhorn Community Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. To secure a slot in the lineup, arrive at the sledding hill by 1:30 p.m. Saturday. (2-5 p.m. Sat. Free. Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Av. S., Mpls. www.artsledrally.com.)J.P.

 

NEXT THURSDAY

Pick Your Persona: A Cindy Sherman Ball

The local “ball” community takes inspiration from the many faces of the Walker’s “Cindy Sherman” exhibit for this fashion walk-off produced by designer Emma Berg, Vision Model Management’s Xavier Rucker and local “ball house” the House of Legion. We’re not talking Cinderella and stagecoaches; this type of ball, which sprang from the GLBT community in the early ’90s, combines high fashion, drag, dance and vogueing (as seen in the iconic Madonna video as well as the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning”) in a competitive walk-off. In “Pick Your Persona,” walkers dressed by Berg will compete in a variety of categories, including “High Society Butch Queen in Drag,” “Historic Butch Stud” and “Movie Vogue/Femme Fatale,” and will be judged on wit, subversiveness, style and “realness.” Expect an evening of kitsch, style, gender bending and social commentary. (6:30 p.m. Jan 31. Free. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org.) J.P.