Celebrating Mardi Gras in St. Louis 2014

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St. Louis’ biggest party is just around the corner!

Mardi Gras festivities kicked off with 12th Night, January 6 and it continues throughout the entire month of February and into March.

The Grand Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 and the Light Up the Night Parade will be held on Fat Tuesday, March 4.

mardigrascouplehorizFEB. 8 & 9: SNOWMAN SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Snow or shine! Softball in Februray with Mardi Gras beads-And for a good cause! The game benefits the Police Athletic League and will be held at the Forest Park Central Ballfields from 7:30 a.m. until dusk. There is a $150 entry fee. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1f8VUv4

FEB. 14: WINE, WHISKEY, & BEER TASTE
A big fun-filled Mardi Gras happy hour that includes a wide range of wines, beers courtesy of AB Inbev, and whiskeys from Jack Daniels will be available to guests who purchase a ticket. Guests will be treated to samples of delectable small bites from various Soulard restaurants which is included in the $35 general admission price. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1ljVny3

FEB. 15 The Lumiere Place Cajun Cook-Off and Tony Chachere’s Crawfish Boil
Heat up your February at the Lumiere Cajun Cook-Off & Tony Chachere’s Crawfish Boil. Enjoy an open bar including: cold Bud Light, Southern Comfort Hurricanes, soft drinks, and water. Feast on a scrumptious, authentic Crawfish Boil and Tony Chachere’s Jambalaya as you watch ten amateur and ten professional chefs compete before your very eyes to be named the Lumiere Cajun Cook-Off Champion of 2014, in their respective categories. All while rocking out to the tunes of Super Jam! For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1f7I6CG

FEB. 22: Mardi Gra 5K
A 5K run Mardi Gras style complete with beer, hurricanes, and beads! Show up at the Bud Light Party Centre appropriately festooned and ready to race your way through historic Soulard in an effort to claim the title of fastest reveler. Other runs feature water stations along the route, we offer a beer and hurricane station. There are prizes for first place in several age categories and for best costume. Everyone who enters gets the limited edition Run For Your Beads t-shirt and complimentary beer and hurricanes (if you are 21 or older!) The overall male and female winners will get two VIP tickets to the Budlight Tent at the Grand Parade. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/Lk1nGN

FEB. 22 & 23: SOUTHERN COMFORT TASTE OF SOULARD
Make your own pub crawl through Soulard, stopping to enjoy samples of signature dishes at participating establishments while sipping on some Southern Comfort cocktails. On Saturday, ride Pet Paradethe complimentary trolleys from pub to pub.  Admission includes seven taste tickets to sample six dishes and one taste of Southern Comfort from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1jEoAle

FEB. 23: BEGGIN’ PET PARADE
Is your pet a party animal? Does he like costumes? And most importantly, does he like BACON? Well, then get ready for one of the largest pet parades in the world!  The parade is open to all (dogs, cats, goldfish, llamas, etc.) The parade snakes its way through Soulard stepping off at Allen and Menard, concluding at 8th and Lafayette, by Soulard Market. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1i7oOyC

FEB. 23: PETSMART WIENER DOG DERBY
The 18th annual Wiener Dog Derby is free to everyone who loves watching these weenies race each other. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the first heat starts at 2 p.m. Races will take place in three divisions: Cocktail Wienies, Ballpark Franks, and Hot Dogs. There is a $10 fee to race your weenie. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1b4DhpP

MARCH 1: GRAND PARADE
The signature event of St. Louis’ Mardi Gras! The 1.5 mile parade route hosts hundreds of thousands of revelers all screaming for beads and other throws as the colorful floats make their way along the route. Afterwards the crowds celebrate with a fun-filled street-party that features live music on two Bud Light stages, cold beverages, and hot food all available throughout the Soulard neighborhood at the various restaurants and booths.  The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Busch Stadium.  For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1ftjUK1

fat tuesday imageMARCH 4: FAT TUESDAY PARADE
The second parade of Mardi Gras begins at 6:30 p.m. at Washington & Broadway.  Before the parade, Washington Ave will be full of live entertainment, street performances and great food and drink specials from various venues. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1k1qVEA

TRANSPORTATION
There’s never an excuse to drink and drive, so why not start planning your transportation strategy now?  County/Yellow Cab is the official taxi of Mardi Gras, and will have a stand at 10th and Marrion across the footbridge from Soulard Market. You can also always call them at 314-993-8294. Have a smartphone? Download their apps for iPhone and Android.

MetroLink is also a convenient way to get to Soulard. MetroBus Mardi Gras Shuttles will operate every 15 minutes from the Civic Center MetroLink Station to Soulard from 9:00AM until 11:00PM. The cost of a round-trip shuttle ticket is $5. The shuttle ticket will allow you to ride between the Civic Center and Soulard only.

The MetroBus Shuttle Service drops festivalgoers off at 10th and Marion in the heart of the action by Soulard Market.

HOTELS
If you’re visiting from out of town or you’re a resident and looking for a hotel many St. Louis Hotels have a Mardi Gras specials including:

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark – Official Hotel of the Grande Parade!
Just minutes away from all the festivities! Stay in the heart of downtown with superior accommodations,  two drink coupons per room to enjoy at our Lobby Bar and Mardi Gras beads. Join us after the festivities at THREE SIXTY Rooftop Bar. Call (314) 421-1776 for more information or visit: http://bit.ly/1gmNjdC

The Cheshire
Celebrate with this exclusive package including a $10 food and beverage credit that can be used at any of our dining outlets, Mardi Gras party favors to wear or give out, and a 1pm late check-out. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/1dL2zcs

Sheraton at Westport
The fun begins at check in when you receive Mardi Gras Beads to help get the party started. The Sheraton Westport’s package includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary transportation to the Soulard area and of course Mardi Gras beads. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/19YXVfN

St. Louis Union Station- A Doubletree by Hilton
Stay in a National Historic Landmark and receive two drink coupons and Mardi Gras beads at check-in.  Conveniently located near the Metrolink and just minutes away from all of the festivities!  For reservations and more information visit: http://bit.ly/1k1o2nt

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
Stay downtown next to the Arch for Mardi Gras with rates starting at $149 per night. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/LjZhqm