We may not be New Orleans, but St. Louis certainly knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras. Whether it's the Grand Parade in Soulard, smaller celebrations around the area or a party at home, here's a guide on how to let the good times roll.
When you mention Mardi Gras in St. Louis, most of us think of Soulard, home to one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans. Actually, there's so much to do, it can be a bit overwhelming. The festivities begin with Twelfth Night on January 6 and end with the Grand Parade on the Saturday, February 25. In between, there are fun events featuring food, drink, music and more. For more information see the Top Events of Soulard Mardi Gras.
Soulard's celebration may be the biggest, but it isn't the only one worth attending in the St. Louis area. In fact, the King’s Ball in St. Genevieve is a 250-year tradition! If you don't want to travel quite that far, several St. Louis area restaurants are hosting fun Mardi Gras celebrations of their own complete with Cajun food and live music. Read here for information on the King's Ball, and other Mardi Gras parties in the St. Louis area.
If you're planning on throwing a Mardi Gras party, there are plenty of bakeries and shops that sell authentic king cakes, Cajun food or whatever you need to make your celebration complete. Just need some cool beads for the parade? It's a cinch to stock up. Here are the best places in St. Louis to get Mardi Gras supplies.