This week long mid-winter bash has
been taking place for almost 80 years. By the mid-January, the
snow is deep, the temps rarely get above freezing and the locals are
looking at ways to have some fun. So this fun event aims to boost
the tourism economy as well as keep the locals from going stir crazy.
The Winter Carnival starts and ends with a bang. A fantastic
fireworks show set off over frozen Payette Lake marks both the
beginning and end of the festivities lighting up the night skies.
The 1st Saturday of this week long event starts with a Mardi Gras
themed parade complete with maching bands, floats and animals of all
size. Parade participants have themsevles loaded with lots of
candy and beads to throw to the crowds lining the streets. One of
the favorite groups in the parade is the dancing Samba group.
McCall's streets are adorned with dozens of intricate snow
sculptures available for viewing by the crowds that flock to this
beautiful mountain town. Many of the sculptures are interactive
leading to hours of fun for young and old alike.
McCall's downtown Depot Park is transformed into the central hub of
activities including an array food and merchandise vendors as well as
the ever popular "Beer Garden" located by the main stage for the
enjoyment of great live music. Events include Bingo, Monte Carlo
Night, Monster Dog Pull, Snowmobile Fun Run, Snowshoe Golf and of
course, the Polar Plunge.