Soulard in St. Louis Jan. 6 - Mar. 4, 2014Use Metro and get to Mardi Gras the easy way
Theme for the 2018 Grand Parade
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 WINNERS!
1st - Darkness / St. Louis Escape with Monsters
2nd - Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze with Purple Reign
3rd - Veiled Prophet with Graumans Chinese Theatre
4th - Muryan’s Krewe with We Ain’t Afraid of No Beads!
Honorable Mention - Banana Bike Brigade with Fantasia
Basic Krewe Information
What is Krewe?
The word “Krewe” is a generic term used to describe any carnival organization or club. The word was coined by the oldest such organization in New Orleans, the Mystic Krewe of Comus, who in 1857 believed that the word gave the club’s name an “olde-English” flavor. Here in St. Louis, the Soulard Mardi Gras Grand Parade is make up of many Krewes. Each float or marching group represents the efforts of an individual Krewe.
Who can have a Krewe?
You and your friends! With some effort and creativity, you and your friends can be the object of desire of hundreds of thousands of screaming revelers. What a rush!
Steps to follow to form a Krewe
- If you are going to enter a float, you will need to secure your hardware. Decide on the trailer that will be your float and tow vehicle. We also have room in the parade for a number of walking/marching Krewes. Selecting your entry type and equipment will help you decide how many people to involve and what the parade entry fee will be.
- The purpose of the parade is to entertain the crowd. To encourage creativity, there are substantial prizes for the best floats. The judges are looking for creativity, three dimensional design, adherence to theme, and so forth.
- Follow the construction guidelines for safety and reliability compliance.
- Stock up on beads!
2018 Krewe Organization Pricing
- Walking Krewe $200*
- Float $500*
- Business Entry $800*
- Float Sponsor $2,500*
*$350 deposit required with fee
Review the Float Construction Guidelines for helpful information.
There is still a lot of fun left in those beads! See how it is done on YouTube. Drop off your beads at one of these participating locations:
- Soulard Farmers Market - 730 Carroll St. 63104 Open Wednesday thru Saturday. www.soulardmarket.com
Please drop off at the Wiszkon stand.
- Mardi Gras Inc. - 2200 Dolman St. 63104
- Shameless Grounds - 1901 Withnell Ave. 63118