Revelers Celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Louis 

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On Saturday, February 14, the bead-craving hordes once again jammed 7th Street in St. Louis' Soulard area for the annual Mardi Gras Grand Parade. They then dispersed into the neighborhood for more revelry and debauchery. Photos by Theo Welling for Riverfront Times
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Jacob Dunn totes his "Big Balls" around at Mardi Gras.
DeeDee Dunbar and Kim Kuder encounter Jeff Jones, the "FREE HUGS" sign man, at Mardi Gras in Soulard on February 14, 2015.
Kim Kuder, Steve Prather, DeeDee Dunbar, Troy Dunbar and Nancy Schomaker at Mardi Gras.
John Nettles holds a sign advertising Soulard Coffee Garden's Mardi Gras drink specials.
Randle Caldwell, Anna Knaup, Kimmie Barrett, Kelly Litzelfelner, and Ashley Carnoali enjoy the cold beer and even colder weather.
"Bible-believing Christian individuals" hold signs during the debauchery at Soulard’s Mardi Gras celebration.
Tyler Wesche, Kathleen Mitchell, Tom Bomb, Lanya daSilva, James Brockfeld, Kathleen Whalen and Kaitlyn Wampler, members of the Renaissance Faire, promote their organization by wearing period costumes.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
The lawn chair brigade at Mardi Gras in Soulard.
The Rams mascot throws beads to sports fans.
This person's friend had too fun.
A bratwurst from the one of the concessions at Soulard Farmer's Market at Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Even Gumbi was in Soulard.
The man with the ladder gets the most beads.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Friends Haley Whyit, Chris Jones, Tyler Bishop, Katie Rujawitz, Lyndill White and Chris Black enjoying the spirits at Mardi Gras.
A fishing net catches even more beads.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Corinne Carter and Keef Armontrout (on stilts) entertain the crowds.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Lacy Barnhart, Rebecca Austill, Abigail Mosley and Thomas Barnhart at Mardi Gras.
Discarded remnants of turkey legs.
Several of the many plastic boobs parade-goers could purchase.
One of many observed "man boobs."
Malcolm Thomas tends his grilled chicken skewers.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Friends Kevin Fanning, Stephen Smith, Jenny Carr, Taylor Hone, Brooke Feraco and Anthony Beman.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Friends prop each other up after enjoying the party.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
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Jacob Dunn totes his "Big Balls" around at Mardi Gras.