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This event is featured in The Current Summer Guide, highlighting both musical and non-musical things to do this summer in the Twin Cities and beyond.
For those disappointed about missing carnival celebrations (think Mardi Gras) when they traditionally occur during February or early March, Valleyfair has concocted an opportunity to be immersed in the larger-than-life extravaganza at the peak of summer. Known for being a time of indulgence prior to the season of lent, carnival participants adorn themselves in costumes to escape everyday personas and conjure a sense of unity with one another — much like the sense of unity one may discover with fellow roller coaster riders. This day-to-night event features decorated floats, costumed performers, a parade, and live music with an interactive dance party accompanied by international cuisine. This summer marks the Shakopee amusement park's return after remaining closed throughout 2020 due to the pandemic; find updated COVID-19 safety protocols here. (Lydia Moran)