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Vulcans Bring Heat, Fun To St. Paul Winter Carnival

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Winter Carnival is in full swing with daily activities downtown St. Paul.

We all love the winter carnival, but there are eight guys who love it the most. We are talking about the Vulcans, who have been bringing the heat to the coolest celebration on earth for 128 years. You know it’s Winter Carnival time when you see the caped, goggled and goateed men of the Vulcan Krewe.

They are members of the Fire and Brimstone, and Vulcanus Rex’s crew is an entertaining one.

“I have a big job to do. I am the true king of the winter carnival,” said the leader of the Vulcans, Vulcanus Rex. His number this year is 78, though there have only been 77 to hold the title. That’s because Boreas the 13th was superstitious and decided to be known as the 14th instead.

The Winter Carnival got its start in 1887 with both winter and summer kings, then called Borealis Rex and Fire King Coal.

From school visits and hospitals, these guys combat the cold of winter with their fiery personalities. Their true task is to dethrone King Boreas and bring spring back to Minnesota.

“I’m responsible for bringing spring back to St. Paul. Our overthrow Saturday night after the Vulcan victory parade is on the steps of the library by Rice Park. It signifies the coming of spring,” said the leader of the Vulcan Krewe. “That’s followed up by the Vulcan victory dance at the Crown Plaza. It’s $20 at the door. It’s a huge party. Everyone is welcome. That’s where we celebrate the coming of spring.”

The Vulcan Victory dance is at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront at 7 p.m. Saturday. But make sure you see them attempt to overthrow King Boreas first at the library near Rice Park.

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