History made as first African-American Winter Carnival queen is crowned


History was made at the St. Paul Winter Carnival Friday night as an African-American was crowned Aurora, Queen of the Shows, for the first time.

The Pioneer Press reports that Krystle Igbo-Ogbonna reigns supreme over this year's winter carnival, which kicked off on Thursday. She was crowned alongside new King Boreas, Dan Stoltz, at the RiverCentre.

It marks the first time in the almost 80-year history of the position that an African-American woman has been crowned, and her victory went down well with fans of the Queen of Shows Facebook page.

Igbo-Ogbonna has lived in St. Paul all of her life and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she was a member of the Dean's List and was a student keynote speaker at the 2011 Multicultural Graduation Ceremony, according to the Winter Carnival website.

She is currently attending graduate school at the University of St. Thomas and works at Century College.

Parade and other carnival events taking place Saturday

You will be able to see Igbo-Ogbonna and the rest of the Royal Family in St. Paul on Saturday, as the Winter Carnival gets into full swing.

The King Boreas Grande Day Parade will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., proceeding from Smith Avenue and finishing at Rice Park.

WCCO reports it is one of multiple carnival events taking place in the city today, with singer Kat Perkins performing a free live show in Rice Park at 7 p.m., while teams of snow artists will be competing at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this morning.

Also at the State Fairgrounds this afternoon is the 6th annual Beer Dabbler, that will feature craft beer from more than 120 breweries, live music and food.

St. Paul is a hive of activity this weekend, with the Crashed Ice event, a Sam Smith concert and the North Star College Cup hockey games all taking place. You can click here to find out more information about travel arrangements.

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