St. Paul Park, Newport residents remember their own winter carnival
There was an ice palace, a festive parade, drum and bugle corps, a royalty court with a king and queen and bevy of princesses. There even was a ragtag crew of Vulcans.
St. Paul has its annual winter carnival, but six decades ago civic boosters from St. Paul Park and Newport brought a similar mid-winter celebration to south Washington County. The small-town carnivals of 1949 and 1950 were scaled-back versions of the saintly city's big-time festival.