Winter Carnival in St. Paul sends chills down spines ahead of Super Bowl
It's rare for a cold-weather city like Minnesota to host a Super Bowl, which is why the slogan for Super Bowl LII is "The Bold North."
The annual Winter Carnival in St. Paul is a celebration of their iconic climate.
"The ice carvings, the castles that they build the camaraderie with the people -- this is Minnesota nice right here. This is what it's all about," Kent Cabatan, who lives in Minnesota, told NBC 10 News.
The city's annual winter carnival dates back 132 years.
"An article in the New York Times in 1886 said we were the next Siberia and we had to do something about that. We had to tell people that we embrace the cold," Molly Steinke, who helps organize the event, said.
At the center of the spectacle is an enormous castle made of genuine Minnesota ice. The ice was harvested from a nearby lake, drawing admirers from near and far.
"The ice palace is really beautiful at night," another spectator said.