Category: Life & Culture

Oct 17

Neighborhood Spotlight: Maryland Heights, Missouri

Maryland Heights, Missouri, The Perfect Example of a Suburb Embracing Business

St. Louis County is home to a plethora of suburbs. From Sunset Hills to Florissant, there are over one million residents living in the county. Though many of these St. Louis suburbs are very much like each other, each town features something unique and different. Whether it’s a historic district, an upscale shopping mall, great restaurants, or something outdoors, there’s plenty to do and see in St. Louis County. However, there’s one overlooked municipality in St. Louis County. Home to over 27,000 residents, boasting indoor and outdoor attractions, and featuring the headquarters of a massive multi-national corporation, Maryland Heights, Missouri in West St. Louis County is often overlooked. Though the suburb has embraced business unlike other municipalities, it doesn’t get the credit it deserves.


Suburban Business

Typically, suburbs aren’t the places in which you find massive multi-national corporations. Historically, residents of suburbs commute to larger urban areas or business districts to go to work. This is a trend that continues today. However, Maryland Heights is one exception. Maryland Heights is home to the offices of multiple massive corporations. Additionally, one multi-national tech company even has its headquarters in the city.

World Wide Technology, founded by David Steward, is headquartered in Maryland Heights in Westport Plaza. WWT reported $9.3 billion in revenue in 2016. WWT employs over 550 workers at its Maryland Heights location. Additionally, Edward Jones and Monsanto have offices in Maryland Heights, employing over 2,500 workers combined. These are just three of the dozen or some massive corporations with offices in the Maryland Heights area.

World Wide Technology (Image: WWT.com)

World Wide Technology (Image: WWT.com)

However, as previously noted, business isn’t the only thing that counts when it comes to a city. Food, drink, nightlife, quality of school districts, housing, and culture are just a few other benchmarks we use to gauge a city. Luckily for Maryland Heights, the city does well in all of those categories.

Living in Maryland Heights, MO

Maryland Heights is home to over 27,000 residents. Those 27,000 residents have easy access to multiple major roads and interstates meaning Maryland Heights is within minutes of St. Charles, the Central Corridor, and Downtown St. Louis. Maryland Heights features a wide array of restaurants and bars. Notable restaurants include Sushi Ai, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and Charlie Gitto’s. If you’re looking for nightlife, visit the Westport Social, Hollywood Casino, or Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Maryland Heights, MO (Image: Google Maps)

Maryland Heights, MO (Image: Google Maps)

The average household income in Maryland Heights is over $55,000 a year. Residents in Maryland Heights have access to both Parkway and Pattonville school districts, both districts are well-known and respected throughout the state of Missouri.

Residents of Maryland Heights are within reach of numerous outdoor attractions including Creve Coeur Park featuring a lake with kayak rentals. Additionally, Maryland Heights features St. Louis’ best ziplining experience at GoApe. A short drive can also get you to Forest Park, home to the St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and St. Louis Zoo.

Both booming business and a fantastic living experience are just part of what markets Maryland Heights such a fantastic suburb in the St. Louis Metro Area.

Jun 21

Summer Pests, How to Avoid Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Tips from a Local Business on How to Avoid Summer Stingers

It’s that time of the year again!  You’re lounging poolside soaking up the summer sun when all of a sudden, you hear something out of your right ear.  The sound is so unnerving that your entire body begins to tense up.  You go into full combat mode.  The sound gradually increases in volume and now it’s also heard through your left ear.  You throw your entire body off the lounge chair and quickly turn around, a flip-flop in hand.  Sure enough, a wasp hovers aggressively above a plant adjacent to the lounge chair.  There’s nothing you can do but wait it out.  Unfortunately, when there’s one wasp, there’s usually a nest somewhere nearby.  For the remainder of your summer, you’re left to fend off these nasty summer stingers.

Okay, some maybe I’m just terrified of wasps but we’ve all been in a similar situation.  You’re out enjoying the summer sun when suddenly you’re confronted with an aggressive pest ready to defend its territory.  Unfortunately, unlike bees, wasps and hornets can sting multiple times and are very aggressive.  Not to mention all three pests pack a powerful stinger packed with venom.  Though we like to label these pests as a simple nuisance, they can actually cause injury.  All three pests can injure and even kill a person.  However, injury and death are very rare.  Still, it’s important to know if and when you have a problem with these summer stingers.  Here are some tips from a St. Louis-based exterminator to get you through your summer, sting free!

There’s Little You Can Do to Prevent Them

Less of a tip and more of a harsh realization, there’s actually very little you can do to prevent summertime stinging pests.  Unlike termites or ants, you can’t create a barrier that kills pests at the source.  You also can’t create decoy hives or nests or set traps.  Sure, you could just remove all pollinating plants from your yard and home but that would be absolutely insane.  There are, however, a few precautionary measures that can be taken to avoid welcoming stinging pests into your home.

Don’t Create a Foundation on Which Wasps Can Build a Home

You might not be aware of it, but the way in which you maintain and manage your home could be serving as an invitation to wasps and hornets.  Wasps and hornets love building nests in corners, under loose siding, near gutters, near patches of mud or dirt, and around leftover firewood.  To ensure you don’t send out an invitation to these summer stingers, make sure that you’re replacing damaged siding, cleaning out gutters, keeping your yard lush and green, and removing leftover firewood from the winter.

Don’t Open a Stinging Pest Buffet

Leaving leftover food exposed outside or improperly bagged in the trash can also serve as an invitation for wasps, bees, and hornets.  All three pests love sugary foods and will be quick to notice leftover food.  Always make sure you’re properly bagging or discarding food waste and ensure you aren’t leaving food out for extended periods of time.

Look for the First Signs of Infestation

Unfortunately, because there’s little that can be done to prevent stinging insects, the best thing to do is to keep an eye out for the first signs of an infestation.  If you’re not used to seeing bees, wasps, or hornets roam around your home and you begin to see an influx of these pests near your home, there’s probably a nest nearby.  Be sure to note any patterns that would indicate a possible location of a nest or hive.

FYI: Wasps, bees, and hornets will often attack in groups.  Children can be killed with 500 stings while the average adult can die after 1000 stings.  Wasp nests can reach 5,000 members at a time!

Another thing to note is possible nests and hives.  Bee hives are recognizable as are most wasp and hornets nests, however, there are more types of nests that the common paper or comb-based nests.  Wasps, such as the mud-dauber, build nests out of mud or dirt.  These nests are built on the side of homes or outdoor structures and look like balls or pockets of dry mud.  Never remove a nest or hive haphazardly.  It’s best to consult an expert, however, should you feel compelled to do it yourself, make sure to have a carefully created plan and the correct tools.

That’s About It!

Again, there’s little to do in the way of prevention.  However, there are multiple steps that can be taken to note the first signs of infestation.  Catching an infestation early can limit the amount of larva these pests can lay and will aid in the removal process.

Feb 20

Hear this Week – Special Edition: Live Music in St. Louis February 20 – 26

Live Music in St. Louis

A certain town down the river gets lots of Mardi Gras attention, but let us assure you, we have it happening here as well. Bands of Note Special Mardi Gras edition!

Monday, February 20 – But first, it’s Presidents’ Day, and Foam Venue is hosting Oddsoul & the Sound plus Kelly Tsaltas and Troubador Tom. Oddsoul “is a person, a band, a state of mind,” and the trio is fronted by Matt Klose and features terrific original songs influenced by blues, jazz, and country. Starts at 8:30, no cover.

Mardi Gras!

Friday, February 24thMayor’s Mardi Gras Ball! Party much at the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall? Well you will tonight at this black-tie event. Local heroes Funky Butt Brass band and Feel Good Inc. light it up, and proceeds go to the Mardi Gras Foundation, which has made community grants to improve Soulard and downtown since 2003. $150, doors open at 7.

Saturday, February 25 –

  • Evangeline’s – The Panamaniacs with David Gomez – starts at 11 a.m.
  • Broadway Oyster Bar – The Scandaleros, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, and out of Nashville, the Aquaducks. Starts at 8 a.m.
  • Hammerstone’s – Paul Bonn & the Bluesmen start at 1 p.m., and the John McVey takes over at 6 p.m.
  • Soulard Market Park –Find the Bud Light Party Centre tent where Rockstar DJs will be spinning danceable tunes. 9 a.m., $115 includes “nine hours of beer, beats, and beads.”
  • Social House – How does Country Gras sound? Rising country star Colt Ford plays this all-inclusive event that starts at 11 a.m. Ticket prices start at $55.

There’s so much more here – you can’t go wrong with Mardi Gras in St. Louis!

Sunday, February 26 – The Dark Room starts its Brunch Sessions featuring the Montez Coleman Band. Coleman leads the band from behind the drums playing jazz, smooth jazz, and fusion. The band plays covers and originals from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the brunch goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cover.

What the Locals Know: Friday, the 24th, there is a special evening celebrating the Future of Jazz at the Sheldon Concert Hall. It’ll feature Grammy nominated, 13-year-old prodigy Joey Alexander. It starts at 6 p.m. with spirits and entertainment by local jazz students, and ends with a cabaret with Denise Thimes at 10:30. It’s put on by JazzSTL.org, a nonprofit supporting local jazz. Cocktail attire! $300 for this great evening for a good cause.

Music Note of Note: Mardi Gras is a big deal here, and has been for a long time. The parade in our beloved Soulard neighborhood kicks off at 12 p.m. on Saturday the 25th. Live music is infused ! So go get some beads.

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Feb 16

5 Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis 2/17 – 2/19

Happy Friday! It’s time for another fun-filled weekend in St. Louis. If you are still pulling your plans together for the weekend, here are a few suggestions to help.

To Kill a Mockingbird | February 15 – March 5

The Rep brings the late Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the stage. Set in the deep South during the Depression, Mockingbird is told from the point of view of young Scout Finch, whose attorney father, Atticus, defends an unjustly accused black man in court—and in the process, challenges the entrenched, systemic racism in his community.

Beggin’ Pet Parade and Wiener Dog Derby | February 19

Grab your furry friends and join Mardi Gras Inc. for the world’s largest costumed pet parade – the 24th Beggin’ Pet Parade in Soulard!  Don’t miss the excitement of the Wiener Dog Derby. Parade begins at noon, Wiener Dog Derby at 2pm.

St. Louis Symphony Presents: Ben Folds | February 18

Top Billboard and folk rock sensation Ben Folds is back by popular demand after a sold-out performance in 2014 performing fan-favorites and orchestral arrangements with the STL Symphony. Hear this one-of-a-kind performance as “…Folds uses the STL Symphony to access his music’s subtleties and nuances” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) on the Powell Hall stage.

Capitol Sports President’s Day Classic Volleyball Tournament | February 18 – 20

Capitol Sports presents the President’s Day Classic which brings together more than 700 volleyball teams competing on more than 80 courts throughout the complex, including 24 courts on the floor of The Dome at America’s Center. You won’t want to miss any of the action as these top youth teams (ages 12-18) battle for supremacy right in the heart of downtown St. Louis.

2017 Saint Louis Chess Winter Invitational | February 16 – 21

This chess invitational brings together players from around the world to compete for cash prizes and the chance to earn Grandmaster and International Master titles.

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Feb 14

#ExploreStLouis Fan Photos from January

We’ve been asking our InstagramTwitter and Facebook fans to tag their St. Louis pics with #ExploreStLouis and the results have been amazing.  Visitors, Locals and everyone in between have cool stories to tell about St. Louis.  Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the past month! Tag your photos with #ExploreStLouis, and we might feature you in this space next month!

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Busch Stadium look really nice all lit up at night #winterclassic #soundcheck

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Feb 13

Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis February 13 – February 19

Live Music in St. Louis 

The sheer variety of acts in St. Louis is outpaced only by the talent of the musicians who perform here. Get out this week and hear some of these Bands of Note:

Monday, February 13 – At the Shaved Duck, Dizzy Atmosphere plays from 5:30 to 8:30 while patrons dine on fine BBQ and soul food. This violin/guitar duo plays great jazz from Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli through the Latin jazz work of Carlos Jobim and Xavier Cugat. A treat. No cover.

Wednesday, February 15 – Leopold & His Fiction come play the Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy. The Detroit-born Daniel Leopold fronts the band, which is equally rooted in dingy garage punk and Motown’s pop-minded R&B. The group is hot enough to open for the likes of ZZ Top, so there ya go. Doors open at 7, $12.

Thursday, February 16 – Young M.A. has been rapping since age 9, and her debut single from last year, “Ooouuu,” peaked at number 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart (she also performed it at last year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. Catch this up-and-coming musical powerhouse at the Pageant. Doors open at 7, tickets are $50.

Friday, February 17 – Scrambled, with great versatility and energy, plays it all: bluegrass, blues, funk, reggae, country, and a little folk/Americana. Zach Hoock (standup bass), Britton Liefer (mandolin), and Ray Bieri (banjo and guitar) perform a feel-good show at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. Starts at 9, $8.

Sunday, February 19 – Halfway there? Livin’ on a prayer? Then get down to the Scottrade Center and catch the latest Bon Jovi tour, “This House Is Not for Sale.” True, Richie Sambora is no longer shredding for them, but word on the street is the band is better than ever. 7:30, tickets are $34 to $242 (and beyond for special packages).

What the Locals Know: Every Wednesday at the Broadway Oyster Bar, Sean Canan’s VooDoo Players take the stage and play their American roots music with a revolving cast of fantastic and fun local musicians. They mix it up occasionally genre-wise and are known to launch into a tribute to Bob Marley, for example. Starts at 8, no cover.

Music Note of Note: Celebrate Black History Month at our still new National Blues Museum, as it tells the story of the blues and African Americans’ contribution to music. On February 16, from 7 to 9pm, they present “Music Moved the Movement,” a conversation about the complexities, challenges, and triumphs of the civil rights movement and its relationship to music and American history.

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Feb 09

5 Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis 2/10 – 2/12

Happy Friday! It’s time for another fun-filled weekend in St. Louis. If you are still pulling your plans together for the weekend, here are a few suggestions to help.

Orchid Show  | February 9 – March 26

The annual Orchid Show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive permanent living collection amid a tropical oasis inside the Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

Mardi Gras St. Louis: Cajun Cook off | February 11

Enjoy professionally prepared creole cuisine, live demos with samples, live music, and a fully stocked bar.

Science on Tap | February 11

This event will feature 80+ beer tastings, science demonstrations, live music and more! This total sensory experience will let you be hands-on with some of beer brewing’s most popular ingredients. Experience molecular gastronomy with your favorite beer, discover how buoyant your beer is and learn how Sam Adams Nitro technology works.

Live Music: Usual Suspects | February 11

The Usual Suspects formed in 1998 as a traditional jazz trio with piano, bass and drums. Having been influenced by so many other styles of music, it was evident early on that “traditional” was not the word to describe the music. Since 2000, the Usual Suspects has taken on many forms, from traditional and smooth jazz settings, neo-soul and R&B shows, to hosting and backing up spoken word events, and writing and recording original compositions. See them at Lumiere Place this Saturday.

Something Rotten! at the Fox Theatre | February 7 – 19

Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.

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Feb 06

Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis February 6 – February 9

Live Music in St. Louis

St. Louis is the live music capital of the U.S., with scores of opportunities to catch great music every week! Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Monday, February 6 – Saxophonist Jeff Anderson & His Quartet take part in the Black History Month Concert at our own Webster University in Webster Groves. It features Bob DeBoo (bass), Adam Maness (piano), and Kaleb Kirby (drums). They start swinging at 7, $7.

Tuesday, February 7 – Over at Fubar, the Bunny Gang, which is fronted by Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly, plays not-so-Celtic rock. Reggae- and folk-influenced tunes come from this band’s new album “Thrive.” Doors open at 7, $15.

Wednesday, February 8 – Local jazz artist Kasimu Taylor brings his amazing trumpet work and fantastically tight trio to the Dark Room. Starts at 9, no cover.

Wednesday & Thursday, February 8 & 9 – Straight-ahead jazz pianist Bruce Barth and his trio stop by Jazz at the Bistro for two nights. This guy toured with Tony Bennett, so he’s the real deal. 7:30 both nights with a second show on Thursday at 11. Tickets start at $30.

Friday, February 9 – Local indie rockers Lightrider take the stage at Cicero’s in University City. Their music has been described as a mix of ambient post-rock, funk, jazz, and American pop rock. The all-ages show also features Oddsoul and the Sound and Casper Webs. Doors open at 7, $7.

What the Locals Know: Every Tuesday and Thursday night is karaoke night at the Just John, one of our town’s most popular gay and lesbian night clubs. The singing, good and otherwise but always fun, starts at 10pm. No cover.

Music Note of Note: The local jazz community lost a great musician and St. Louis native in December: Charles “Bobo” Shaw. Shaw was a member of the influential Black Artists Group, an arts collective that played and recorded here from 1968 to 1972. Born in 1947, this influential drummer also recorded and performed in New York City and Europe. Classically trained, he incorporated funk and new wave into his jazz drumming.

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Feb 02

5 Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis 2/3 – 2/5

Happy Friday! It’s time for another fun-filled weekend in St. Louis. If you are still pulling your plans together for the weekend, here are a few suggestions to help.

St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show | February 2 – 5

In its 40th year, the St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show is one of the largest, public, recreational vehicle consumer shows in the country, consuming over 260,000 square feet of the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. Attendees will see 300 RV’s highlighting the latest in state-of-the-art RV technology, streamline designs, parts and accessories as well as travel destination including campgrounds and resorts.

Morpho Mardi Gras | February 2 – March 31

Escape the cold by visiting Morpho Mardi Gras: Bugs, Butterflies and Beads! Bring your Krewe to the carnival during the months of February and March. Join the party at our Bug Parade, make a masquerade mask, and immerse yourself in a sea of blue as the Butterfly House floods the tropical conservatory with thousands of Blue Morpho butterflies. With the sounds of jazz in the air, inaugurate the season with these and other majestic creatures. This year, we will be featuring a larger-than-life glass Blue Morpho sculpture, by Craig Mitchell Smith.

NHL Centennial Fan Arena | February 3 – 5

This interactive traveling fan experience will visit the St. Louis Public Library in downtown St. Louis.  The NHL Centennial Fan Arena is part of the NHL’s Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments.  Attendees can experience a mobile hockey museum, VR Zamboni and the Stanley Cup.

Owls Prowls | February 4

Come over to the dark side and meet those amazing birds that exist by moonlight. Owl Prowls at the World Bird Sanctuary offer an exciting opportunity to learn more about the amazing life of owls. Spend an evening with a WBS naturalist who will introduce you to live owls and their unique calls. Then, take an easy night hike through our grounds to try to call in a wild owl!

Monster Jam at The Dome at America’s Center | February 4

Monster Jam® is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-DTM, El Toro Loco®, Monster Mutt® and many more.

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Jan 18

2017 Soulard Mardi Gras Festivities

When you mention Mardi Gras in St. Louis, most of us think of Soulard, home to one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans. The Soulard festivities last for weeks, beginning with Twelfth Night in January and ending with the Bud Light Grand Parade on February 25. Here are the top events and activities during the 2017 Soulard Mardi Gras.

Family Winter Carnival – January 21

The Family Winter Carnival is a chance for everyone to get into the Mardi Gras spirit. There are live performances, arts and crafts and a children’s parade. The carnival is held at Soulard Market Park.

Snowman Softball Tournament – January 28 – 19

Snow or Shine! The region’s premier winter adult softball tournament returns for its sixth year at Central Fields in Forest Park. This year, over 90 teams will compete for the title in their respective division. The coed division plays Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 a.m., and the mens division plays Sunday, January 29 at 7:30 a.m.

Wine Beer and Whiskey Taste – February 10

Spend the evening sampling beverages and meeting the makers of more than 50 beverages from Missouri and beyond. From 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., Guests can enjoy samples of award-winning barbecue from a variety of Award Winning BBQ. Music for the evening will be provided by DJ Quain. Tickets are 40 in advance; $50 at the door

Cajun Cook Off – February 11

You are sure to get your fill of Cajun and Creole food at the Cajun Cook-Off. Learn the secrets of Cajun cooking from the best chefs in St. Louis while enjoying complimentary dishes prepared by them. In addition from learning from the professionals you can also check out the amateur chef scene in st. louis as they display their skills and compete against other amateur chefs. Everyone who attends gets food, Bud Light and hurricanes. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Missouri Lottery 5k Run for Your Beads – February 18

Get your exercise, St. Louis Mardi Gras style! Show up in your best purple, gold, and green costume and race your way through the historic Soulard neighborhood. In true Mardi Gras spirit, pit stops along the race route will hand out complimentary beer and hurricanes (for runners 21 and older). All registrants will receive a limited edition 5K Run for Your Beads t-shirt. Tickets are $25 until February 10; $30 after February 10 to race day; $35 on Race Day

Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard – February 18 – 19

This unique self-guided tasting and pub crawl has become one of the most popular events of the Mardi Gras season. Every $25 ticket includes one drink voucher and six food vouchers. You choose the six dishes you wish to sample from a range of Cajun-inspired options.  Saturday attendees can enjoy complimentary trolley rides from one establishment to the next, guided as always by the world famous Soulard Trolley Tramps. Tickets are $25

Beggin’ Pet Parade  – February 19

The Guinness World Record holder for largest costumed pet parade in the world celebrates its 24th year!  Thousands of festive four-legged (and other animal friends) strut their style as they step off at 1 p.m. from 12th and Allen. Those deemed best dressed are selected as members of the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus and make the cut to be part of the Coronation pageant (8th and Lafayette) where the King and Queen of Barkus are crowned.  Of course, the party continues after Coronation with a free concert in the Soulard Market Plaza.

Wiener Dog Derby – February 19

The longest-running dachshund derby in America is back. Enjoy the Sport of Weenies as wiener dogs compete in three age-based categories: Cocktail Weenies, Ballpark Franks, Wiener Wannabe and Hot Dogs, for the title of fastest Weenie! The races take place over a series of elimination heats until we have the Dash of Champions in each age category.

Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball – February 24

The Mayor’s Ball is one of the year’s most anticipated social events. The Black Tie Gala in the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall is a one-of-a-kind fairy tale evening of great food, cocktails, dancing, and spectacular entertainment.  The night always culminates with a packed dance floor of energized, blissful revelers dressed in alluring gowns and modish tuxedos pulsating to the beat of the music and glittering in the mesmerizing, brilliant light show illuminating the rotunda.  Tickets are $150 for General Admission

Bud Light Grand Parade – February 25

This is the big event of Mardi Gras, bringing tens of thousands of revelers to the streets of Soulard. Some 130 Krewes spend months building their floats, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights at the parade. In addition to the floats, there are also marching bands and, of course, millions of beads flying through the air. The parade begins at 11 am Busch Stadium, makes its way into the heart of Soulard and ends at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

 

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