The Mardi Gras parades and events in Soulard may draw the biggest crowds, but they're not for everyone, and they certainly aren't the only options to celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Louis. There are also events all across the region. Some are formal, some are designed around kids. But each is worth checking out. Here's information on other local Mardi Gras events and parties. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!
- King’s Ball in St. Genevieve - Mardi Gras is a big part of the history of this French Colonial town south of St. Louis. Residents and visitors have been attending the King's Ball for 250 years. This year's celebration is at the VFW Hall on Memorial Drive. Everyone is encouraged to wear French Colonial clothing. There's a cash bar and music from the "Cash Rebates." Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.
February 2, 2013
- Mardi Gras Party -
The Broadway Oyster bar is serving up gumbo, crawfish, jambalaya and other New Orleans favorites at its big Mardi Gras party. The celebration is the same day as Soulard's Grand Parade and the restaurant has the good fortune of being right on the parade route. There's music throughout the day and plenty of beads and fun.
February 9, 2013
- Mardi Gras at the Zoo - The St. Louis Zoo is hosting a Mardi Gras celebration just for the kids. Children of all ages can spend the afternoon making masks, listening to music and joining in a Mardi Gras parade. Admission is free.
February 10, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.