The Christmas season is over, but Mardi Gras is just around the corner. The Soulard neighborhood kicks off its 2013 Mardi Gras festivities with Twelfth Night on January 6. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m., at Johnny's Restaurant at 1017 Russell. Local officials will read a proclamation declaring the start of the Mardi Gras season. Then, there will be a procession through the neighborhood, followed by a flag raising and fireworks at the corner of Seventh and Soulard.
Twelfth Night is just the first event of the annual Soulard Mardi Gras celebration. Some of the most popular Mardi Gras events like the Cajun Cook-off, Taste of Soulard and Pet Parade happen in late January and early February this year. And, the celebration ends with the Grand Parade on February 9 and the Fat Tuesday Parade on February 12.