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The Winter Carnival Legend
Winter Carnival Characters

 

A long, long time ago, Astraios, the God of Starlight, and Eos, the Goddess of the Rosy-fingered Morn, were wed. Their union was blessed with five sons: Boreas, Titan, Euros, Zephyrus and Notos. The eldest, Boreas, was granted title of King of Winds.

He gave each brother permanent reign over a great force and power. Titan was given the blustery North wind. Euros was granted rule of the irresponsible East Wind. Zephyrus reigned over the bountiful West Wind. Notos ruled the balmy South Wind. The brothers cavorted gaily over land and sea.

King Boreas, while on his extensive travels, came upon a winter paradise knows as Minnesota. He paused to behold the enchanting beauty of a magnificent group of seven gently sloping hills within whose embrace nestled a very beautiful city. Boreas whistled in sheer ecstasy. "Historic Saint Paul and her Seven Hills! An ideal place! I will make Saint Paul the capital of all my domains! It will henceforth be emblazoned throughout the world as the winter playground of the Realm of Boreas."

Meanwhile, Vulcanus Rex, God of Fire - and the implacable enemy of King Boreas - crackled in defiant disclain. "By the great sword of Mars, I will temper the blustering of Boreas with the heat and the roar of my forces." He was tireless in his bitter resistance to all the festivities of Boreas.

Undaunted, King Boreas proclaimed a celebration in the spirit of gay Carnival. "So be it!", shouted Boreas. "There will be a Carnival in Old Saint Paul!" Boreas selected a Prime Minister to coordinate preparations in all the principalities, provinces, and royal houses within the Realm of Saint Paul. And so, for ten glorious days there was a Carnival and many joyous celebrations in Saint Paul. Feasting, dancing, fun and frolic reigned over by King Boreas, "Aurora" Queen of the Snows - the fairest maiden in the Realm, and his brothers the Four Winds - each accompanied by a lovely princess from the Realm of Boreas. Klondike Kate, a lady of song and merriment, added her sassy but enchanting voice to the festivities by singing of desire and sentiment. Senior King Winter, Queen of the Northlands, and their court contributed good will and wisdom, while Junior King Front, Queen of Snowflakes, and their Court added youthful exuberance to the festivities.

On the tenth day of celebrating, Vulcanus Rex and his Krewe stormed the Ice Palace and confronted King Boreas's Guard. Upon the good counsel of the Queen, Boreas bade farewell to the people of his winter capital and, in the interest of peace and good will, he returned to dwell amongst the Gods of Olympus.

King Boreas and his Court looked forward to the time when summer's warmth would once again relinquish its hold on the Realm and the frosty atmosphere of winter would prevail.

 

Winter Carnival Characters



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