Mardi Gras celebrations are already underway in Soulard. This coming weekend, the neighborhood is gearing up for the Family Winter Carnival in Soulard Market Park at 8th and Lafayette Streets. The kid-friendly event includes arts and crafts, interactive games and special appearances by Fredbird and the Rally Squirrel. Many of the activities are held in a large, heated tent so everyone will be comfortable despite the cold weather. The Family Winter Carnival also features food, drinks and a children's parade through the streets of Soulard. The Family Winter Carnival is Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The big event of Soulard Mardi Gras is the Grand Parade on February 9. For more information on the Grand Parade and other events, check out Top Events at the 2013 Soulard Mardi Gras.