Mardi Gras Fun
In Soulard, the Mardi Gras festivities stretch way beyond Fat Tuesday. From parades and parties to canines and Cajun cooking, there is a celebration to fit any style.
Feb. 2-3, Soulard
Stroll through the Soulard area and taste cocktails, appetizers, Cajun-inspired dishes and more during the Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard. Featured restaurants include Llywelyn’s, Molly’s, Nadine’s, McGurk’s, Big Daddy’s and more. Tickets at mardigrasinc.com.
Feb. 3, Soulard and Soulard Market Park
Pet-lovers of all shapes and sizes dress up their furry friends and march in the Beggin’ Pet Parade and “Tail”gating Party (Menard Street and Allen Avenue). Dachshund owners bring their miniature companions to the Wiener Dog Derby to compete in three classes: cocktail wienies, ballpark franks and hot dogs (730 Carroll St., Soulard). Registration and more info at mardigrasinc.com.
Feb. 8, St. Louis City Hall Rotunda
Mayor and Mrs. Francis G. Slay host a court of sophisticated St. Louisans at this year’s Mardi Gras masquerade. Live Cajun and dance bands, ball jesters, delicious cuisine, a VIP reception, cabaret dinner and more make this an unforgettable event year after year. Tickets at mardigrasinc.com (1200 Market St., Downtown).
Feb. 9, Soulard
Kick off Mardi Gras weekend with the River City Casino Grand Parade, starting at Busch Stadium at 11am and winding around Downtown to finish at Anheuser-Busch in Soulard. From there, the party continues all day with plenty of food, drink and merrymaking. More info at mardigrasinc.com.
Feb. 9, Soulard Market Park
This climate-controlled tent party hosts up to 2,000 Mardi Gras attendees, featuring a Cajun-Creole buffet, open bar, music, entertainment and other street party necessities. Tickets at mardigrasinc.com (730 Carroll St., Soulard).
Feb. 12, Downtown St. Louis
Marking the 11th year of this much loved event, the Fat Tuesday Parade lights up Downtown with floats, lights, music and festivities. Don’t forget about the official after-party, to take place at Lumière Place‘s Stadium Sports Bar and Grill directly after the parade. More info at mardigrasinc.com (Washington and Broadway avenues, Downtown).
Mardi Gras Grand Parade
Photo credit: Photo by Katie Redell.