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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 2018 is Tuesday, February 13th

St. Louis Mardi Gras, Krewes, Parades & Calendar

Parades, Krewes  & Mardi Gras Events in St. Louis

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.

2017 St. Louis Mardi Gras Calendar

1st Weekend

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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

Price: $35 in advance; $45 at the door

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. Learn the art of Cajun cooking from the best chefs in St. Louis! Watch as chefs compete for the Cajun cooking crown or stop by the demo kitchen for tips. Enjoy complimentary lunch, open bar, and live music.

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)

Read more about the Cajun Cook-Off by clicking here.

2nd Weekend

Saturday, February 18 - Sunday February 19, 2017

Roughly 11.00am to 5.00pm (but times vary by vendor)
Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard - DAY ONE

Participating Establishments throughout Soulard

Price: $25

Try a little bit of everything Cajun at this self-guided tasting and pub crawl through the historic Soulard neighborhood.

Each Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard ticket includes one Cruzan Rum drink voucher and six food vouchers. You choose the six dishes you wish to sample from a range of Cajun-inspired options.

Read more about the Taste of Soulard by clicking here.

Sunday February 19, 2017

Roughly 11.00am to 5.00pm (but times vary by vendor)
Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard - DAY TWO

in Soulard - Participating Establishments throughout Soulard

See above (SaturdayFeb. 18) for details

Beggin' Pet Parade

12th and Allen, Soulard

Tickets: $10 donation for entry; free to watch
Free event
Registration: 10:00 a.m. at 12th and Allen
Parade: 1:00 p.m. at 12th and Allen

Grab your furry friends and join us for the world’s largest costumed pet parade – the 24th Beggin’ Pet Parade. The party continues after Coronation with a free concert in the Soulard Market Plaza!!!

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

Barefoot Wiener Dog Derby

Rudy Commons, in front of Soulard Market on Lafayette

Registration: Opens at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of 9th & Lafayette
First Heat: 2:00 p.m. at Wiener Stadium
Entry Fee: $10; free to watch
The longest-running dachshund derby in America is back! On February 19th, hundreds of dachshunds descend upon Wiener Stadium (also known as Rudy Commons, the brick plaza in front of Soulard Market on Lafayette) to determine the fastest dachshund in all the land.

Free to watch!

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

Mardi Gras Weekend


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bud Light Grand Parade

Soulard Neighborhood, Starting at Busch Stadium and Ending at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Tickets: Free

The Bud Light Grand Parade is the Midwest’s largest and most spectacular pre-Lenten celebration. The parade begins just south of Busch Stadium and winds through the streets of Downtown South and Soulard to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Krewes from over 100 floats will toss over 10,000,000 strands of beads and other sought-after goodies to celebratory masses gathered along the route.

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

St. Louis | Daytime Activities | Dining | Nightlife

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