February 3, 2008
Winter Carnival took on an annual theme in 1955 to make it easier to choose costumes for the Winter Carnival Parade. In 1976, the theme was "1876 - The Way It Was." The theme for 1977, "Steamboat Springs - The Way It Is," was more proactive.
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In the 95 years since Carl Howelsen hosted the first "Midwinter Sports Carnival" in Steamboat Springs, the event has captured a community's imagination and daredevil spirit with horse-drawn skiers, record-breaking jumps, parades and shovel rides down Lincoln Avenue, and lots of pyrotechnics.