The St. Paul Bouncing Team is a show stopper at parades around town, including Saturday’s Torchlight Parade at this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival. People are enthralled watching the lithe women being tossed high into the air and caught by men holding a blanket.
Becoming a “Bouncing Girl” (some prefer the term “Bouncing Queen”) is no easy task. It’s not like jumping on a trampoline. It’s more unsteady. And there’s plenty of competition. On the upside, no one has been dropped since the event began in 1886.
From young 20-somethings to grandmothers, this year’s tryouts showed that old and young alike like to fly high.