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Saint Louis Mardi Gras Parade 2011
in historic Soulard

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Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
As thousands of rowdy Mardi Gras revelers cheered for beads, the Marine Band entertained along the parade route, which wound from Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis south to Anheuser Busch in historic Soulard.

Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
Mardi Gras revelers along the parade route were treated to beads from members of the military.
Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
Mardi Gras revelers held signs and stretched out their hands for more beads.
St. Louis Celebrates True 'American Treasurers' at Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood

by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
© 2011 Saint Louis Front Page

St. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), March 5, 2011- Rowdy Mardi Gras revelers laughed and shivered in the thirty-something weather, splashed through puddles left by heavy rains Friday night and cheered wildly for beads from Krewes on floats in the Mardi Gras River City Casino Grand Parade.

The party spirit drew thousands by bus, cab, or on foot to the historic Soulard neighborhood, south of downtown St. Louis. Wearing layers of beads over heavy coats, masks and outlandish hats, the enthusiastic crowd stood shoulder to shoulder at the metal fence line along the parade route. Laughing and shouting at friends, they stretched out gloved hands and screamed for beads.

A sign held up over the noisy crowd, "Put in in the Glory Hole", seemed appropriate. Other parade-goers held up umbrellas turned upside down or small colorful nets to catch beads by the dozens.

The parade theme for this year's celebration was "True America Treasures". From the staging area at Cerre Street, over 100 colorfully decorated floats on flatbeds, marching units, and over 3,500 marching Krewes headed south to 7th Street and continue past Soulard Market to Sidney Street, just north of Anheuser Busch Brewery.

In honor of this unique theme, the parade krewes came up with some wild and crazy floats, including Bumper Cards, American Bandstand, Evel Knievel, Get Your Kicks on Route 66, Harley Davidson, Drive-In Theatres, The Muppet Show, Jazz, Gateway Arch with St. Louis Skyline, ZULU Expressions from the Diaspora, Steamboats, United State Military and of course, Fredbird from the St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Some real American Treasures served as Grand Marshals-honored veterans from every branch of military service (Army, Army Air Corps, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard). These veterans have served the United States in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many Mardi Gras revelers never made it to the parade, heading instead to the popular neighborhood bars along Russell, Menard, Lafayette, Geyer, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12 Streets.

The fun continues with the top floats from the Grand Parade participating in the Luminére Light Up the Night Fat Tuesday Parade, on March 8, 2011. The parade will lead off, at 7:00 p.m., from Washington and Broadway.
Laissez le Bon Temp Rouler! (Let the Good Times Roll).

Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
Krewe engineer rang the bell on the black train engine which featured beaded masks.
Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
The Muppet Show bus rolled along with Rhythmic Krewe of Belvakis muppets throwing beads.
Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
BCS Krewe danced along the parade route next to their float, ZULU Expressions from the Diaspora.

Mardi Gras Parade in Historic Soulard Neighborhood
Parade-goers surged forward against barriers for a better opportunity to catch beads thrown from passing floats.
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