Where to Eat, Drink and Party this Mardi Gras
St. Louis knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras. Not only are there parties galore, there are plenty of Cajun eats and hurricanes to be enjoyed. Here are some great events to consider this Mardi Gras season:
Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball | Feb. 5
You don’t want to miss one of the social highlights of the year. Don your best Mardi Gras-inspired black tie attire and make your way to City Hall for food, cocktails, dancing and live entertainment. 1200 Market St., Downtown
The People Party Gras Masquerade Ball | Feb. 5
If you’re not heading Downtown, you’ll want to check out the largest Mardi Gras Ball Cherokee Street has ever seen, hosted by Saint Boogie Brass Band. Nosh on Southern bites from chef Turtle and the music of Sb3. There will even be a crowned REX (king) that will be featured in the first annual Cherokee Street Mardi Gras parade on Sunday. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Fortune Teller Bar, The Whiskey Ring, STL Hop Shop and at the door. 2720 Cherokee, Cherokee Business District
Bud Light Grand Parade & Block Party | Feb. 6
Beads, beer and parade floats line Downtown for this annual parade, which happens to be the Midwest’s largest pre-Lenten celebration. Stick around after the parade for the Bud Light Block Party for live music, beer and more throughout the Soulard neighborhood.
Anheuser-Busch Tour Center and Biergarten Celebration | Feb. 5-9
Celebrate Mardi Gras all weekend with A-B’s New Orleans-themed specials for guests. Starting Feb. 5, enjoy a special Mardi Gras-themed menu including jambalaya and shrimp Po’ boys. Start parade day at The Biergarten with a breakfast buffet before enjoying the launch of the Anheuser-Busch Tour Center’s inaugural trolley in the parade. Live music and drink specials will remain at the brewery all day. 1200 Lynch St., Soulard
Just John | Feb. 6
Don’t want to try to find a place to park near Soulard? Starting at 8:30am, there will be three shuttle buses to take you to the parade until 7pm for $5. Then plan on coming back to The Grove and dance to tunes by DJ Ruben_B, DJ Danny and DJ Irene. Complimentary jambalaya will be available around 3pm. 4112 Manchester, The Grove
Jacoby Arts Center Mardi Gras Dinner & Theatre | Feb. 6
All you can eat jambalaya, all you can drink hurricanes with King Cake, tea and coffee, and admission to “Love Letters”? Sounds like a great night to us. Doors at 5pm, general admission is $40. 627 E. Broadway, Alton, Ill.
Juniper | Feb. 9
What is a Fat Tuesday party without crawfish? For $20 at the door, Juniper is serving up a Crawfish Boil with all the fixings from 6-10pm. DJ Mr. Melvin will be spinning vinyl. A cash bar will be available. 360 N. Boyle, Central West End