Family Winter Carnival and The BOS Shoebox Float Gallery

& Shoebox Float Gallery

Saturday, January 13, 2023

Noon - 3:00 pm 

Lift For Life Elementary School Gym 

1920 S 7th St
(Entrance will be on Broadway, one block East)


Break the cabin fever and bring the kids out to the Family Winter Carnival at Lift For LIfe Academy Elementary School. They'll get to enjoy a variety of arts & crafts projects as well as performers including:

  • Making your own mask, cape, and crown
  • Making your own noise maker
  • Magicians
  • Stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, and more
  • Make a Shoebox Float to enter in the BOS Shoebox Float Online Gallery
  • Free popcorn and Coca Cola products
  • Giveaways from Bank of Springfield (BOS)

And don't forget about the Childrens Parade at 3:00 p.m. led by the BOS Mascot when kids can wear their capes, crowns, and masks; use their noise makers and throw beads!

*This is an alcohol-free event

BOS Shoebox Float Gallery

Sponsored by Bank of Springfield


What's a parade without the floats! Well children from across St. Louis are invited to design their very own Mardi Gras float using shoeboxes. This one-of-a-kind activity will challenge everyone's creativity and craftiness, and get the experience of being the Mardi Gras parade director. 

Every child who enters a Shoebox Float in the online Gallery is welcome to bring their Shoebox Float to the BOS Float Gallery at the February 12 Purina Pet Parade in the staging lot at 12th and Allen and is invited to ride an actual Mardi Gras float in the February 12 Purina Pet Parade (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and completed the waiver). In order to submit your float to the BOS Online Gallery and be eligible to ride a Mardi Gras float in the February 12 Pet Parade click the button below.


Each Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Designer will need to:

  • Pick a Krewe Name (examples: Krewe du Kevin, The Wild Krewe of Wambats, Glitter Krewe)
  • Float designers will have to dream up a theme based on our 2023 Soulard Mardi Gras theme, "That's Entertainment!" Or, designers may choose a completely different theme based upon the theme "Celebrating Children — Being the Best YOU!"
  • Choose the color scheme for the float. Remember, the traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, and gold, but other color schemes can be used for the float's personal theme.
  • Use a shoebox as the form for the mini Mardi Gras float. Attach the back of the shoe box lid to form a backdrop for the float. Feel free to use multiple shoeboxes depending on your chosen theme. Dream big!

Need creative inspiration? Here are Mardi Gras supplies you could use to decorate your Mardi Gras float. But you have the freedom to be as creative as you can be! 

  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Purple, green, and gold craft feathers
  • Mardi Gras coins
  • Mardi Gras garland
  • Mardi Gras flags
  • Metallic crown decorations
  • Tinsel pipe cleaners
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Glue and/or tape

Get creative and get creating! It's time to let the good times roll! Once you have completed your float, snap a photo and fill out the entry form below! 



Bank with BOS logo
Horseshoe St. Louis
Heartland Coca-Cola
Red Bull
Hilton - Union Station
Raising Canes
Hilton - Ballpark
The Cheshire