Laissez les bon temps rouler!
It's time to show off our French heritage, St. Louis. Mardi Gras is almost upon us!
Daily RFT put together more than a week's worth of events, parties and specials for Fat Tuesday this year. Be warned, if you go to every one of these and match the crowd drink-for-drink, you might end up looking like this...
Here are the top events for Mardi Gras 2014 in St. Louis:
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard: Soulard's finest establishments offer a sample of their best dish. Prices and participating restaurants to be announced. Sat., Feb. 22; Sun., Feb. 23, www.stlmardigras.org. Soulard Neighborhood, Allen Ave. and Menard St., St. Louis.
Mardi Gras 5K: Sat., Feb. 22, 9 a.m., $25-$30, www.stlmardigras.org. Soulard Market Park, Lafayette Ave. & S. 9th St., St. Louis.February 23
Mardi Gras at the Shanti:Sunday, Feb 23: Come visit our doggie Photo Booth. Friday, Feb 28: Live music with Diggler's Lounge; Fat Tuesday, March 4: Live music with Hatrick. Fri., Feb. 21; Sun., Feb. 23; Fri., Feb. 28; Tue., March 4, www.soulardshanti.com. Shanti, 825 Allen Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-4772, www.theshanti.com.
PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby: Dachshunds race for fun and prizes in this annual Mardi Gras event. Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m., $10 to register a dachshund, free for spectators, www.stlmardigras.org. Soulard Market Park, Lafayette Ave. & S. 9th St., St. Louis.February 28
Masq and Beads: New Orleans-style drink specials, free beads, music by DJ Charlie Chan and Dirty Muggs. Bottle service available. Fri., Feb. 28, 9 p.m., call 314-403-2208. Lola, 500 N. 14th St., St. Louis, www.welovelola.com.
Tons more events, on the next page!
1860's Mardi Gras: Open on Parade Day, Saturday, March 1. Join us for a bloody mary or mimosa at our After Party Sunday Brunch on Sunday, March 2. Sat., March 1; Sun., March 2, www.1860saloon.com. 1860 Saloon, 1860 S. Ninth St., St. Louis, 314-231-1860, www.soularddining.com.
Big Daddy's Mardi Gras Party: Party inside and outside at Big Daddy's in Soulard with DJs and live music. Sat., March 1. Big Daddy's-Soulard, 1000 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314-771-3066, www.bigdaddystl.com.
Big Saturday: Cajun food specials all night, free beads and Hurricane specials. Sat., March 1. Big Daddy's-The Landing, 118 Morgan St., St. Louis, 314-621-6700, www.bigdaddystl.com.
Broadway Oyster Bar's Kegs n' Eggs: $20 all you can drink SoCo Hurricanes, draft beer and unlimited breakfast bar. $9.99 for breakfast bar only. Live music starts at 9 a.m. with Light'n Bottle Band, Al Holiday's East Side Rhythm Revue and Aaron Kamm and the One Drops. Sat., March 1, $6 cover after 1 p.m. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811, www.broadwayoysterbar.com.
Joanie's Parade Day Party Package: $85 Package includes unlimited buffet, adult beverages, private port-a-potties and live music with Clint & Co. in the Party Tent. will be open from 10:30am-6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter. Sat., March 1, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Joanie's Pizzeria, 2101 Menard St., St. Louis, 314-865-1994, www.joaniespizzeria.com.
Mardi Gras Masquerade: Your ticket gets you drinks, breakfast and lunch, and entry to the masquerade competition. Winner gets a free chef tasting dinner for six people at Franco. Sat., March 1, 10 a.m., $45-$55. Franco, 1535 S. Eighth St., St. Louis, 314-436-2500, www.eatatfranco.com.
Mardi Gras Revelry Tent: Heated tent with private restrooms, in-and-out access until 4:30 p.m., bartenders serving premium spirits and DJs all day. Sat., March 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $75, www.revelrytent.com. Soulard Neighborhood, Allen Ave. and Menard St., St. Louis.
Soulard Bus Trip: Bus ride to Soulard starts with breakfast buffet featuring Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers. Sat., March 1, 9:45 p.m., $30. Bone's French Quarter Bar & Grill, 14766 Manchester Road, Ballwin, 636-391-8293, www.fqstl.com.
Bud Light Party Tent: Premium open bar, all-you-can-eat Cajun/Creole buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., DJs and an expanded dance floor. Sat., March 1, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., $100, www.stlmardigras.org. Soulard Market Park, Lafayette Ave. & S. 9th St., St. Louis.
Grand Parade: The Soulard Mardi Gras Parade kicks off at Busch Stadium and makes its way to Soulard. Sat., March 1, 11 a.m., free, www.stlmardigras.org. Busch Stadium, Broadway & Poplar St., St. Louis, 314-345-9000.
Fat Tuesday Party: Happy hour specials before the parade, free beads till we run out, Hurricane specials and DJs. Tue., March 4. Big Daddy's-The Landing, 118 Morgan St., St. Louis, 314-621-6700, www.bigdaddystl.com.
Fat Tuesday at Big Daddy's: DJ and dance party from 9 p.m. to close, part of the Fat Tuesday Soulard Bar crawl. Tue., March 4. Big Daddy's-Soulard, 1000 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314-771-3066, www.bigdaddystl.com.
Light Up the Night Fat Tuesday Parade: Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Washington, then heads west to 14th Street. Tue., March 4, 6:30 p.m., free, www.stlmardigras.org. Washington Avenue and Broadway, Washington Ave. and Broadway, Alton.