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2017 MARDI GRAS

Volume xLII Issue 1

Soulard Renaissance

Living with History

THE

“Dearest Reader”

Page 2

7th Ward Report

Page 3

Stark Raving Rehabber

Page 8

American Legion Update

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Continued on Page 6

Continued on Page 10

Soulard Mardi Gras 2017 will offer

something for everyone, and joining in

has never been easier. Follow the frivolity

on Twitter and Instagram @STLMardi-

Gras and on Facebook at Soulard Mardi

Gras, or the old-fashioned way by visit-

ing us online at STLMardiGras.org.

The 2017 Bud Light Grand Parade

steps off on Saturday, Feb. 25, the same

weekend as the 89th Academy Awards.

Therefore, the theme of the 38th Grand

Parade is “Soulard Celebrates Cinema.”

We can expect our fantastic krewes to

produce a cinematic cavalcade along 7th

Street through Soulard, and we’ve got a

few surprises in store for the parade. If

this doesn’t get you excited, youmaywant

to check your pulse or consult with your

doctor, because something just isn’t right.

So let’s get ready to laissez les bons

temps rouler, as we say in Soulard—and,

well, also in France. Some of our dozen

events are free, some aren’t. Get your

tickets for the not-free events now, and

have another amazing Soulard Mardi

Gras season. We’ll see you there.

When it comes to SoulardMardi Gras’

signature event, the Grand Parade on

Lights, cameras, action — Mardi Gras!

‘Soulard Celebrates Cinema’ is theme of Grand Parade, Feb. 25

By Mack Bradley

Feb. 25, a few simple steps can go a long

way toward making your day fun, safe

and easy.

Make a plan. Work out how you will

get safely to and from the event, where

you will meet up with friends in case you

get separated (with all those people in

one neighborhood, mobile phone cover-

age can be spotty) and pick out a good

spot to catch the parade.

Arrive early. You may even want to

book a nearby hotel room for Friday and

Saturday to eliminate parking hassles

and ensure that you are here with time

to spare. Several hotels are in walking

distance, offer shuttles to and from, or

provide access to plenty of cabs.

No cans, no coolers, no bottles, no

backpacks. No exceptions. For public

safety reasons, these items are not al-

lowed in the festival zone. If you do

somehow manage to have these items

in the festival zone, you will be asked to

dispose of them immediately. Note that

plenty of reasonably priced food and bev-

erage options can be found throughout

the festival zone.

Dress for the weather. St. Louis weather

is notoriously fickle, so plan appropri-

ately. The event happens rain or shine,

and you’ll be on your feet a lot so wear

comfortable shoes.

Maximize your experience through an

all-inclusive experience. Options include

the Bud Light Party Tent and private

tents inHospitality Village, on the parade

route. Several local establishments also

offer all-inclusive deals.

Use the port-a-potties. There are

thousands of portable restrooms located

throughout the festival zone. The police

will ticket you for not using them. If you

can’t find one, you’re clearly not looking.

Don’t drive. Take the Metro, a shuttle,

Photo by David Preston

The scene from last year’s Grand Parade Day in Soulard.

Soulard will turn rust into gold for

its annual Vices & Virtues Mardi Gras

Ball Feb. 11.

The STL Party Bus warehouse is every-

thing onewould imagine, awarehouse full

of vehicles in a cold, sparse, cavernous and

far-from-glamorous space.

But for four days, there will be people

working around the clock, converting

the bleak warehouse into a phenomenal

Mardi Gras extravaganza, creating what

will be a destination extraordinaire.

The Vices & Virtues Mardi Gras

Pop-Up Ball will be held Saturday, Feb.

11, benefiting the Soulard Restoration

Group. This year’s theme is “Bordello.”

This period-costumed/black tie mas-

querade will begin at 8 p.m. at the STL

Party Bus warehouse, 2207 S. 12th St.

Entertainment, food and titillation for

Vices & Virtues to host pop-up Mardi Gras Ball Feb. 11

By Luann Denten and Lindsay Keaton

the senses will not be in short supply.

The top burlesque queen of St. Louis,

Lola Van Ella, will appear as the head-

line entertainment. Van Ella will share

the stage with burlesque entertainment

to be announced. The emcee for the

night will be the reigning Miss Illinois

Continental, local celebrity drag queen

Jade Sinclair. Attendees also will enjoy

the humor and panache of Michelle

McCausland as she judges the costume

extravaganza.

To satisfy earthly appetites, attendees

will be treated to the creole-themed cu-

linary talents as only Molly’s in Soulard

can provide. Headed by chef Brandon

Busby, Molly’s will provide excesses of

epicurean delight. The multifaceted,

Jan. 28-29:

Snowman Softball

Tournament

Feb. 10:

Beer, Wine and Whiskey

Taste

Feb. 11:

Cajun Cook-Off

Feb. 18-19:

Cruzan Rum Taste of

Soulard

Feb. 18:

Missouri Lottery Run For

Your Beads 5K

Feb. 19:

Beggin’ Pet Parade FREE

Feb. 19:

Weiner Dog Derby FREE

Feb. 24:

Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball

Feb. 25:

Bud Light Grand Parade

FREE

Feb. 25:

Bud Light Party Tent

Feb. 28:

Fat Bluesday

Visit STLMardiGras.org for more

information.

2017 Soulard

Mardi Gras events

Alan Ziegler and LeRoy Fitzwater reigned

at the 2016 Vices & Virtues Ball.