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  • It’s rumored that iced tea was invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, when a tea plantation owner who planned to give away free samples of his hot tea diluted his brew with ice to help fair patrons cope with sweltering temperatures.



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Mardi Gras 2016 is Tuesday, February 9th

St. Louis Mardi Gras, Krewes, Parades & Calendar

Parades, Krewes  & Mardi Gras Events in St. Louis

Bud Light Grand Parade
This parade is one of the Midwest’s largest, and is the focal point of  Mardi Gras in St. Louis. The Grand Parade features more than 100 entries from krewes, both old and new.

Pet Parade
 Rumor has it that as many as 70,000 people and hundreds of animals turn out for the Pet Parade each year. Spectators and their four-legged pals are invited to attend this amazing spectacle.

Entrants in the parade walk (some in costume and some not) with their costumed hounds through the historic neighborhood of Soulard on their way to the park at the intersection of Lafayette Ave. and South 9th Street.

Read more about the Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby by clicking here.

Wiener Dog Derby
The annual Wiener Dog Derby has become an endearing St. Louis Mardi Gras tradition.  Dachshunds and their owners come from far and wide to compete in this often chilly four-legged foot race that pits wiener dogs against one another in three divisions (Cocktail Wienies, Ballpark Franks, and Hot Dogs) for the honor of fastest dachshund.

Read more about the Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby by clicking here.

2015 St. Louis Mardi Gras Calendar

Sunday, January 31, 2015

12.00pm to 4.00pm
Cajun Cook-Off
Bud Light Party Center, Soulard Market Park

Watch as area amateurs and professionals compete for the title of best Cajun Cuisine in the region by preparing their dishes right before your very eyes.

While taking in the competition enjoy: Open bar of Bud Light and Southern Comfort Hurricanes; A complimentary Cajun lunch of fully-dressed pulled pork po’ boy and Tony Chachere’s Jambalaya (each attendee with paid admission receives a food ticket good for one po’ boy and sample of Tony Chachere’s Jambalaya additional po’ boys and jambalaya available for purchase); Live music by the Johnny Henry Band.

In accordance with the City of St. Louis Health Department, food prepared by the chefs in the competition is not available for consumption (wink, wink)

Twenty professional and amateur chefs (10 of each) tighten the apron strings in a no holds barred battle for control of your taste buds. Read more about the Cajun Cook-Off by clicking here.

Price: $35 in advance/ $45 day of (Advance ticket sales for this event are from November 27th to Friday, January 30 at noon.) – buy tickets here

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1st Weekend


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Roughly 11.00am to 5.00pm (but times vary by vendor)
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard
in Soulard - Participating Establishments throughout Soulard

Ticket/Booklet: $25 – buy ticket booklet here
Your $25 passport to fun comes complete with:

 Tickets are available for purchase online and can be redeemed day of at any participating establishment or on Saturday, February 7 only at the HQ tent in Soulard Market. You can also purchase booklets the day of on both days at any participating establishment. Click here for a listing of Participating Establishments and their respective signature sample.

Read more about the Taste of Soulard by clicking here.

More info.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Roughly 11.00am to 5.00pm (but times vary by vendor)
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard - DAY TWO
in Soulard - Participating Establishments throughout Soulard

See above (Saturday Feb. 7 for details)


Beggin' Pet Parade
Soulard - Steps Off at 1:00 p.m. from 12th and Allen

Registration: Opens at 10 a.m. at 12th and Allen (Note: This location is new, it is two blocks west of the old registration)

Thousands of nattily festooned four-legged (and other animal friends) strut their stuff in style as they step off at 1 p.m. from 12th and Allen. Those deemed best dressed are selected as members of the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus and make the cut to be part of the Coronation pageant (9th and Lafayette) where the King and Queen of Barkus are crowned.

Coronation and Concert: Immediately following the conclusion of the Parade at 9th and Lafayette

Parade Entry Donation: $10

Ticket: Free General Admission

Read more about the Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby by clicking here.

REGISTRATION: starts at 10.00am; First Heat: 2:00pm

Petsmart Wiener Dog Derby

Soulard Market Plaza (at 8th and Lafayette)

Entry fee: $10 (free to watch)

Enjoy the Sport of Weenies as wiener dogs compete in three age-based categories: Cocktail Weenies, Ballpark Franks, and Hot Dogs, for the title of fastest Weenie! The races take place over a series of elimination heats until we have the Dash of Champions in each age category.

If you own a dachshund, enter your beloved pet in the respective age category and watch ‘em run. If you don’t own a dachshund but love a great race come and watch America’s Fastest 30 Seconds from the bleachers or sidelines.

This event has developed into one of the most unique sporting events in the area.

The finals are followed by the trophy presentation ceremony in the Wiener’s Circle.

$10 to register your Dachshund  Free to watch!

Read more about the Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby by clicking here.

2nd Weekend

Saturday, February 14, 2015

11.00am (start); arrive early
Bud Light


More info.

San Diego's Mardi Gras calendar information provided courtesy of Mardi Gras Inc.

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St. Louis Feature Stories

Mardi Gras in Soulard - A Brief History of the Soulard Neighborhood in St. Louis

Cajun Cook-Off - St. Louis' Cajun & Creole Antidote to Old Man Winter

Taste of Soulard - Soulard Shows Off Its Best Cajun & Creole Eats

Soulard Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby- St. Louis' Four-Legged Mardi Gras Fun