A month ’til Mardi Gras?!? The Soulard season begins (Jan. 6)

January 2, 2008

As my brother was getting ready to depart a couple of days ago, we got to talking about reasons to lure him back here (aside from his nephews, of course).  He’d been talking about coming for Mardi Gras for several years, so we looked up the date in 2008:  Feb. 5!  Brrr…  But he checked out tickets and everything, so I’m betting he’ll be here.  If not for the actual Fat Tuesday parade downtown on the 5th, definitely for the Grand Parade on Feb. 2 in Soulard.  I’ll give more details on that one later — we’ve been there with our kids every year, and this one won’t be an exception.

The kickoff party for Soulard’s Mardi Gras is this Sunday at 7 p.m., when there’s an official proclamation followed by a musical procession to raise the tri-colored flag.  Starting point is the front steps of Johnny’s on Russell; ending point is 7th and Soulard.  You may not want to hang out with the kids at Johnny’s (unless you’re the type who hangsout with the kids at Hooters)  but the procession is a safer bet.   For details on the Twelfth Night event and other festivities throughout January, visit the Web site or call 314.771.5110. Note the other two freebies this month: the Children’s Art Fair on Jan. 20 and the Krewe of Barkus Pet Parade on Jan. 27.

Like many of the Mardi Gras activities, each of those involves a parade.   One of the things I like most about Soulard’s Mardi Gras is that it gets people outside during these rotten, cold months.  Heck, even M.’s school does a procession during the Mardi Gras season: the Teaching Peace Parade.  No one comes out for it (except parents), but the kids are energized nontheless.  Something about banding together and marching around in crazy costumes makes you feel like you can take on the world.

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