2017 MARDI GRAS
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Living with History
7th Ward Report
Stark Raving Rehabber
American Legion Update
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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
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
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
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
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,
Beer, Wine and Whiskey
Cruzan Rum Taste of
Missouri Lottery Run For
Your Beads 5K
Beggin’ Pet Parade FREE
Weiner Dog Derby FREE
Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball
Bud Light Grand Parade
Bud Light Party Tent
Visit STLMardiGras.org for more
Mardi Gras events
Alan Ziegler and LeRoy Fitzwater reigned
at the 2016 Vices & Virtues Ball.