WINTER CARNIVAL AND VULCAN KREWE INTRODUCTION HISTORY The Saint Paul Winter Carnival was founded in 1886 and for over 100 years has been considered America’s greatest winter spectacular. The Winter Carnival’s purpose is to promote the City of Saint Paul and its surrounding areas through a variety of activities, pageants and endeavors. Its main activities are geared to a ten-day period in January and February each year, highlighted by parades, a King and Queen selection, national news coverage and a multitude of other activities. The Carnival is an attempt to lighten the long Minnesota winter period and to anticipate the coming of spring. Carnival activities revolve around a wonderful legend. Fun and frivolity prevail and there are activities in which every man, woman and child can participate. Legend tells us that Vulcanus, King of Fire and Warmth, harasses Boreas, King of Ice and Snow, and heralds the coming of spring and summer. During the Carnival, Vulcanus Rex and his seven Krewe members eventually overthrow Boreas’ family, composed of the Queen, Prime Minister, the Princes and Princesses of the Four Winds and the Royal Guard. These masked participants woo the citizenry and populace to their side by their good spirited frolics and revelry. When the Fire King prevails at the end of Carnival, he and his cohorts are unmasked and their identities are made known. The Fire King again has shown why he is considered the one and only True King of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Following the Carnival, Vulcanus, his Krewe and the Royal Family, acting as ambassadors of good will for the City of Saint Paul and it’s suburbs, make countless appearances throughout the upper Midwest area to local community activities and other events throughout the year. KREWE ACTIVITIES The Vulcan Krewe selection process occurs months before Carnival. Selection is based on merit and willingness to participate throughout the Krewe year and the many years to follow. The identity of the Vulcan Krewe is kept secret and members do not meet each other until the briefing shortly before the beginning of Carnival. The Krewe members must be absent from home and their employment during the entire period of Carnival. They will stay together in a selected Saint Paul hotel. All costs of room rent, together with equipment required, are borne by each chosen participant. It is a fun, yet physically tiring ten days. It includes traditional harassment of Boreas and his Royal Family, but of greater importance, it includes the bringing of the Carnival to the people of Saint Paul and surrounding communities through visits to hospitals, nursing homes, cancer homes, schools and various social and civic clubs. CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITIES Participation in Winter Carnival and other civic organizations activities in the past and future is a key element in the consideration and selection of a Krewe member. If selected as a Krewe member, individuals agree to at least a five-year commitment of active participation with the Vulcans and The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone, LTD. YEAR ONE: Krewe members must agree to participate throughout the balance of the year at each event requiring their attendance, as determined by the Fire King. There will be approximately 50 to 60 appearances throughout the balance of the year, including many weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The cost of travel and maintenance during these excursions must be borne by each participant. YEARS TWO THROUGH FIVE: After a successful first year and upon the recommendation of your Fire King, each Krewe member becomes a provisional member of the Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone, LTD. Exact information regarding membership will be provided during krewe briefings if you are a successful candidate. This is an active civic organization composed of previous years’ Vulcan Krewe members. As a member of The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone, LTD., you must agree to purchase the Fire and Brimstone uniform and to become active in the organization. Your Krewe commitments for year two are scheduling and mentoring the new Krewe. In year three your Krewe will sell Vulcan charms. In year four your Krewe will conduct a fundraiser for Fire and Brimstone. In year five, your Krewe will put on the Vulcan Victory Dance. EXPENSES AND TIME DEMAND It is estimated that the total cost of uniforms will be approximately $600*. The total cost of travel, maintenance and out-of pocket expenses during the first year as a Vulcan will approximate an additional $5000 to $6,000* which the Krewe member must bear. A considerable amount of time away from home, family and employment is required. Individuals should not apply if attendance will become a problem or where his business or home responsibilities are such that his absence would cause problems. An understanding spouse and employer are essential, thus an individual should not apply unless the matter has been thoroughly discussed with both spouse and employer. Both should enthusiastically agree to the submitting of the application. *These expenses are estimates of average expenses only. The actual costs will depend upon the desires of each Vulcan Krewe. SPOUSE AND EMPLOYER COMMITMENT Secrecy is essential until the unmasking of the Fire King and Krewe. A spouse and an employer must, however, be well aware of the required commitment. Neither they nor the applicant should discuss the application with anyone. The spouse and employer must indicate that they understand the significance and scope of the activity for which you have applied and that they are willing to give the applicant the necessary time away from home and work. The spouse and employer must also adhere to the policy of maintaining the secrecy of your identity. REAPPLICATION Failure to be chosen the first time an application is made should not be disheartening. Many fine applications are received. Many members of the Fire and Brimstone organization have applied multiple times before being chosen. The competition is keen and the responsibilities are great. AGE While there are no age restrictions relative to selection to the Vulcan Krewe, a member of the Krewe must be of exceptional character and maturity, and also be physically fit. After serious consideration of the foregoing, an individual between the ages of 25 and 50 is more likely to withstand the rigors of the appearances. Age alone, however, is not a determining factor in selecting Krewe members. SCREENING AND SELECTING Upon passing the written application screening, an applicant will receive a notice of a time and place for an interview. The interview is one where the personality, characteristics and interests of an applicant are deeply probed. Recommendations of the selection committee are given to the Council of Fire Kings, who, acting upon the advice of the selection committee, reviews and confirm the final selection. A briefing session will subsequently be arranged, where Krewe members are gathered together for the first time. SECRECY OF IDENTITY A person’s elation for being chosen as a Vulcan Krewe member should not override the need for secrecy. It is common to want to share one’s good fortune with others. The applicant who breaks the secrecy pledge at this point may find their selection revoked. Only the spouse and the employer should be aware of the final selection, and they, too, must be pledged to secrecy. If a spouse or employer has released the applicant’s identity deliberately or inadvertently, the selection could be revoked. We urge individuals in Saint Paul, its suburbs, and surrounding towns, to consider applying for this very worthwhile civic endeavor. If chosen, it will be a year of fond memories and hard work that will result in lifelong friendships because of the continuing relationships thereafter. Any person having any questions or who desires further information should contact: Stan Karowski Chairman, 2010 Vulcan Krewe Selection Committee 7501 Upper 20th Street North Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 779-7548 Please keep this document for future reference!!!