Photos: St. Paul Winter Carnival

Sports & Leisure Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 Chris Swarbrick, left, and Greg Schmotzer of Ice Occasions work on their entry to the ice sculpting competition during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Schmotzer is going for his fifth-straight title in the multi-block competition. 
2 Paul Hughes of Eden Prairie, Minn. uses a hand chisel to form his ice sculpture during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Hughes' sculpture entitled "Guardians of the Temple," is one of six entered in the 48-hour competition. 
3 Ice Occasions owner Chris Swarbrick examines his team's work during the ice sculpture competition in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
4 Crowds gathered in Rice Park to watch the ice sculpture competition during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
5 Kathy Cook, left, and her "Team Jim 2" members joined 18 other teams in the snow sculpting competition at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
6 Dusty Thune of St. Paul, Minn. uses a shovel as he forms his snow sculpture entitled "Hot Tub Time Machine" during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. The contestants begin with an eight-foot by eight-foot block of snow, and the sculptures have to be made without using power tools. 
7 Family members Judy Grufman, top, Kathy Cook, left, and Clare McDonough ease a block of snow down a ramp during the snow sculpting competition at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
8 Steve Taylor, a senior at Miami University in Ohio, tests his creation in the Institute of Navigation's autonomous snowplow competition as part of the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. The competition includes six teams from across the United States, and requires contestants to remove snow over a designated path. 
9 2009 Vulcan Krewe members Fred Edstrom, right, and Tim Shanley lit torches before the beginning of the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
10 Under the light of hot-air balloon burners, King Boreas Keith LeBlanc and his queen, Madalyn Dosch, Aurora, Queen of the Snows, led the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade procession to the Capitol during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
11 A large crowd gathered at the Capitol steps during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. 
12 Gov. Mark Dayton greeted members of the royal court during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Gov. Dayton and the royal court were at the Capitol to officially kick off the 2011 carnival. 
13 Hot-air balloon burners lit up the Capitol during the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.