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Mardi Gras 2015 is Tuesday, February 17


St. Louis Mardi Gras, Krewes, Parades & Calendar

Parades, Krewes  & Mardi Gras Events in St. Louis

Lumiere Place 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 Lafyette 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.


2014 St. Louis Mardi Gras Calendar


Saturday, February 15, 2014

12.00pm to 4.00pm
Lumiere Cajun Cook-Off and Tony Chachere's Crawfish Boil

Location TBD

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.

More Info.


1st Weekend

Saturday, February 22, 2014

9.00am
Mardi Gras 5K

Starts and Finishes near the intersection of Lynch and 12th Street

Price: $25 in advance, $30 day of event. A fun 5K run through the heart of Soulard.
More info.


Roughly 11.00am to 5.00pm (but times vary by vendor)
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard
in Soulard
Several of Soulard's fine establishments offer samples of their signature dishes in this create your own experience event!
Attendees are able to stroll though Soulard using the seven taste tickets from the ticket booklet to sample six signature dishes and one taste of Southern Comfort from the participating restaurants and pubs of Soulard. Attendees are welcome to use the free trolley service on Saturday from 11:00am-5:00pm or walk the neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday. Veterans of this event enjoy creating their own pub crawl.

Booklets can be purchased in advance at any participating Soulard establishment, online by clicking on buy tickets, or at the Mardi Gras Inc. office. Booklets are also available for purchase the day of the event at participating Soulard establishments.
More info.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

REGISTRATION: starts at 10.00am (in Clementine's parking lot - at the corner of Allen & Menard)
Steps off at: 1.00pm
Beggin' Barkus Pet Parade

Starts at the corner of Allen & Menard- Should end near Soulard Market Plaza (at 8th and Lafayette) in time for the Wiener Dog Derby.

St. Louis’ favorite four-legged (and other) animal companions get dressed up and parade their owners around.

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



REGISTRATION: starts at 10.00am
in Rudy Commons - Soulard Market Plaza (at 8th and Lafayette)
First Heat: 2:00pm
Petsmart Wiener Dog Derby

Soulard Market Plaza (at 8th and Lafayette)

Dachshund lovers and their lovable companions descend upon Soulard Market Park for the 18th annual PETsMART Wiener Dog Derby. Inclusive of a tournament bracket, winners medals, racer pictures, and local radio talent to call the race. 

A combination of  large and small bleachers, event stage, race track, VIP area, and exhibitors make this the destination as the parade comes to an end.  

This event has developed into one of the most unique sporting events in the area. The dachshunds race in three divisions based on age: Cocktail Wienies, Ballpark Franks, and Hot Dogs.

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.


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

Several of Soulard's fine establishments offer samples of their signature dishes in this create your own experience event!
Attendees are able to stroll though Soulard using the seven taste tickets from the ticket booklet to sample six signature dishes and one taste of Southern Comfort from the participating restaurants and pubs of Soulard. Attendees are welcome to use the free trolley service on Saturday from 11:00am-5:00pm or walk the neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday. Veterans of this event enjoy creating their own pub crawl.

Booklets can be purchased in advance at any participating Soulard establishment, online by clicking on buy tickets, or at the Mardi Gras Inc. office. Booklets are also available for purchase the day of the event at participating Soulard establishments.
More info.




2nd Weekend

Saturday, March 1, 2014

11.00am (start); arrive early.
Grand Parade
Soulard - Route begins at Busch Stadium, and ends at Anheuser Busch. To see exact route, click here for Maps and Parking Page.

The parade winds its way from Busch Stadium to Anheuser-Busch as hundreds of thousands of revelers line the streets earning beads and other trinkets tossed by float riders. Post-parade the party continues on the streets of Soulard with the Southern Comfort Hurricanes and Bud Light flowing, as revelers munch on culinary delights, enjoy live music, and take in some of the best people watching of the year.
More info.


11.00am-3.00pm
Bud Light Party Tent
Soulard Market Park (at 8th and Lafayette)

The original, biggest, and best Mardi Gras Party Tent returns! The Bud Light Party Tent is back at Soulard Market Park and promises to be better than ever with more DJ’s, a bigger dance floor, a bigger bar, the same great food and other amenities you have come to expect. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance. NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.
More info.



MARDI GRAS DAY

FAT TUESDAY, March 4, 2014


7.00pm
Light Up the Night Fat Tuesday Parade
Corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway, proceeding west to 14th.
Free. Join in on the Fat Tuesday fun and get ready to catch some beads, doubloons, and Tony Chachere mixes and seasonings as the Light Up The Night Parade.
More info.


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


St. Louis | Daytime Activities | Dining | Nightlife


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