Mardi Gras: What You Should Know

Mardi Gras is coming up, and St. Louis holds the (second) largest celebration in the United States.  

That being said, the city holds a bunch of events to celebrate, either in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, or Mardi Gras weekend itself!  Here are a few that you should be sure to hit, dressed up in Mardi Gras apparel (purple, gold, and green):

1) Mardi Gras Soulard

Every year, 2 million people pour into this historic french district to celebrate! It is a free event for all ages. Here, you will find the Bud Light Grand Parade, the biggest Mardi Gras parade outside of Big Easy! 

http://stlmardigras.org/

2) Missouri Lottery 5K run for your beads

While it takes place a week before mardi gras, this race allows people to dress up in mardi-gras related apparel and run! 

http://stlmardigras.org/events/5k-run-for-your-beads

3) The Effen Tent

This music tent in Soulard features Loud Luxury this year! Dance with friends and family to great music so close to home :) 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-effen-tent-on-mardi-gras-2019-tickets-54176103183

4) Wiener Dog Derby

Ever wanted to see wiener dogs race down a 30-foot track? Here’s your chance! After six elimination heats, a champion will be crowned. It’s cuteness mixed with competition! 

http://stlmardigras.org/events/wiener-dog-derby 

5) Purina Pet Parade

The world’s largest costumed pet parade! The dogs with the best costumes, or the king and queen of barkus, will be crowned.  

http://stlmardigras.org/events/purina-pet-parade 

6) The Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball

This event has been deemed the “social event of the season,” by the Riverfront Times; it has fine cuisine, dancing,  and entertainment-- you can purchase a table! 

http://stlmardigras.org/events/mayors-mardi-gras-ball 

Enjoy Mardi Gras!!