Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Louis Style
While Mardi Gras is not observed nationally throughout the U.S., a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have not-to-be-missed “off the chain” celebrations. Having one of the largest gatherings, St. Louis knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras so that it’s fun for all ages.
Soulard Mardi Gras festivities last for weeks, beginning with Twelfth Night in January and concluding with Fat Tuesday in February. Filled with parties, happiness and a frenzied atmosphere, Soulard Mardi Gras has come to symbolize all that is pleasurable. Regardless of the history of Mardi Gras and where it is celebrated, the theme is the same – to have nothing but a great time. Take your pick below.
Mardi Gras Wine, Beer & Whiskey Taste January 25 at the rotunda of St. Louis City Hall from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Hurricanes might be the drink of choice during many Mardi Gras festivities, but Soulard Mardi Gras also celebrates with wine, beer and whiskey. Guests will purchase a tasting booklet that contains (12) perforated tickets for tastes and (4) food tasting tickets for samples.
Crystal Cajun Cook Off January 26 at the rotunda of St. Louis City Hall from noon – 4 p.m.
You definitely get your fill of Cajun and Creole food at the Crystal Cajun Cook Off. Ten professional chefs and 10 amateur cooks will compete in respective categories for the title of Best Cajun/Creole dish. You can watch chefs prepare their dishes, and then it’s time to dig in and enjoy the live music. Everyone attending gets (4) food tickets and samples of Bud Light, beer and Southern Comfort hurricanes! Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard February 2 and 3 at Various Locations
The taste of Soulard is the perfect way to sample food from many of Soulard’s best restaurants. Several of Soulards fine restaurants will be offering samples of their signature dishes. Attendees are able to stroll through Soulard using their (7) taste tickets.
Beggin’ Pet Parade February 3, Parade kicks off at Menard and Allen in Soulard at 10 a.m.
Whether or not you have a lovable, furry friend, you’ve gotta head to Soulard to see the 20th Annual Beggin Pet Parade and “Tailgating Party.” With thousands of pets taking over the streets, this is one of the largest pet parades in the world! There’s a small fee to register your pet, but it’s free to watch. Click here to download parade map.
PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby February 3 at Banfield Stadium at 2 p.m.
Yep, we let the dogs out and they will have a blast during Mardi Gras. If your pet is a dachshund, you might want to consider racing it in the 18th annual PETsMART Wiener Dog Derby which comes at the end of the Pet Parade. Medals go to the winner and there area even racer pictures. The “tiny, but mighty” pooches can race in one of three divisions based on age–Cocktail Wienies, Ballpark Franks, and Hot Dogs. At the end of the finals, a trophy ceremony takes place in Wiener’s Circle. It’s a sight to see.
River City Casino Grand Parade February 9, parade steps off at 11 a.m. at Busch Stadium and concludes at Anheuser Busch
Throw me some beads, woohoo! The River City Casino Grand Parade is the biggest event of Mardi Gras in St. Louis, bringing in tens of thousands to the streets of Soulard. The Parade makes its way from Busch Stadium to Anheuser-Busch then after the parade, the crowd makes its way into Soulard neighborhood to enjoy food, plenty of drinks, live music and crazy events through the day. For details on parking and things to do and see at the Mardi Gras Grand Parade: click here
Lumiere Place Light Up The Night Fat Tuesday Parade on Washington Ave February 12, parade kicks off 7 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Broadway and heads west to 14th
If you haven’t had enough of Mardi Gras, the Light Up Night Parade is your last chance. Some of the floats from the River City Casino Grand Parade will fill the streets as the crowds come together to party, listen and dance to music and catch a few more beads for their collection.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez, Roulez et Roulez! … Let the Good Times Roll and Roll and Roll!