The St. Paul Winter Carnival named its 2023 royalty Friday night at the RiverCentre, choosing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Leo E. Lewis to reign as King Boreas the 86th and Liv Swenson, who works at the University of Minnesota Foundation, as Aurora, Queen of the Snows.
After being drafted by the Baltimore Colts, Lewis later played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and then with the Vikings from 1981 to 1991. He also worked as a pro scout and director of player development. He now runs Lewis Performance partners and founded the Lewis Sports Foundation. He has worked as an educator, counselor and mentor to athletes and has experience in philanthropy. He grew up in St. Paul, attended Marshall High School and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Black
College Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Liv Swenson grew up in Inver Grove Heights and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with degrees in dance, education, and race and ethnic studies. She works as an associated project manager at the University of Minnesota Foundation and loves books, coffee and creativity. She hopes to one day categorize her collection of books into an official library. She has recently rediscovered her love of baking and enjoys creating and donating cakes to For Goodness Cakes. She is looking forward to meeting new people, connecting with her community and volunteering through the Winter Carnival.
Other members of the Royal Family for the 2023 Winter Carnival are:
- North Wind Princess Rahila Hungiapuko
- East Wind Princess Emily Maestas
- West Wind Princess Dee Barrett
- South Wind Princess Jocelyn O’Neill
- Titan, Prince of the North Wind Dave Schmidt
- Euros, Prince of the East Wind Lew Vogel
- Zephyrus, Prince of the West Wind Mike Cummings
- Notos, Prince of the South Wind Dennis Boe
- Captain of the Guard Rick Holte
- Sergeant of the Guard Elle Rhodes
- North Wind Guard Mike Moore
- East Wind Guard/Pillow Guard Scott Matson
- West Wind Guard Adam Bruns
- South Wind Guard Gordon Carney
- Klondike Kate Maret Bylander
- Royal Coordinators Abby Hoglin, Abby Patterson and Sharolyn Carlson
The 137th Winter Carnival officially kicked off Thursday night and runs through Feb. 5.