Thursday, March 3, 2011

Grab Your Party Hats and Beads....... It's MARDI GRAS!

Spring is in the air around St. Louis!  And what better way to kick off the season then with one of the nation's most popular Mardi Gras celebrations. You don't have to travel to New Orleans to get in on this Fat Tuesday fun.  The City of Soulard has been hosting a Monster Mardi Gras Event since the 1980's, and this year promises to be more of the same fun on a larger scale.

Mardi Gras 2011 kicked off last Saturday with the family friendly Beggin' Pet Parade.  The events continue this weekend through Fat Tuesday.  On March 5th, head down to Soulard early to find the perfect spot for the River City Casino Grande Parade.  Starting at 11am at Busch Stadium and ending at Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the parade is the main attraction.  After the parade, stick around for the city's largest party of the year (although you may want to leave the kiddos at home for this part).  Just like any good Mardi Gras party, beads are a hot commodity, and you'll have to see for yourself the extremes people will bare to get those trinkets around their necks! 

The weather forecast for the weekend calls for cooler temps and a chance of rain .  But anyone who knows St. Louis  knows the ever changing temperatures.  The hottest party of the event (and the best way to ensure your fun regardless of the weather) is at the Bud Light Party Tent.  These HUGE tents are temperature controlled and home to the most popular party of the festival accommodating up to 2000 Mardi Gras-ers.  Make sure to purchase your ticket if you haven't already because this is guaranteed to be the spot you'll want to be.  Included with admission to the tent is an authentic Cajun-Creole Buffet and Open Bar PLUS Port-a-Potties reserved ONLY for ticket holders (this alone is worth the price to admission)! 

For all the other event details and a full map of the parade route visit the official St. Louis Mardi Gras Site.

Veteran Mardi Gras goers please give us your tips and suggestions in the comments below.  Be sure to come back after the party and tell us your stories!  This Mardi Gras is sure to be one memorable occasion!


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