1st place: Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze
2nd place: Krewe of Vices of Virtues
3rd place: Bootleggers
1st place: Gateway Precision Lawn Chair Krewe
2nd place: Banana Bike Brigade
3rd place: Soulard Yacht Club
Costume Category: Bootleggers
Theme Category: Afton Vice
Wow-Street Category: Topless Mafia Jeep Krewe
Wow-Wheels Category: Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze
This event is the crown jewel of the Soulard Mardi Gras season and is the biggest parade outside of the Big Easy. It begins at Busch Stadium and proceeds through the streets of Downtown South and Soulard to the place where your beer was born: Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
Welcome the 2022 Soulard Mardi Gras Grand Marshal, internationally renowned St. Louis visual artist and illustrator Cbabi Bayoc. He is a sought-after muralist and illustrator with diverse clientele such as schools, corporations, non-profits, hospitals, churches, actors, athletes, and musicians seeking images depicting the vibrancy and beauty of diversity through acrylic on canvas, metal, wood, and even stained glass.
“In the 2022 Grand Parade, we wanted to highlight St. Louis’ vibrant and diverse arts community, creating a unique, eclectic and creative parade to delight Soulard’s thousands of revelers,” said Bonita Leiber, Grand Parade Creative Director. “We are so excited that Cbabi will lead this year’s parade as Grand Marshal and that we have the opportunity to showcase some of his art. The depth of his talents, activism and commitment to our community are inspiring, and we’re delighted to have him in our Mardi Gras family!”
Bayoc, whose birth name is Clifford Miskell, Jr., adopted his name Cbabi (Creative-Black-Artist-Battling- Ignorance) during his time at Grambling State University and later legally changed his last name to Bayoc (Blessed-African-Youth-Of-Creativity) as a way of setting the stage of always reminding his future children of their value and worth.
Perhaps Cbabi’s name and evolution as an artist are best embodied in his 365 Days with Dad series—his 2012 New Year’s resolution to paint a positive image of Black fatherhood each day for the entire year. This project was quintessential in starting a dialogue within the community about the importance of a strong foundation and support system for all children, no matter the age. Today, this series continues to evolve, revealing the complexities of Black masculinity through Cbabi’s 52 Fridays of Fatherhoodand his commitment to grow art collecting amongst Black families through weekly giveaways of original art pieces.
“My art is activism filled with light, life, heart, bold color, patterns, and phunQ! My ultimate goal is to paint the world I want to see my children and yours thrive in. This goal keeps me committed to evolving my art, and engaging my community,” Bayoc said. “I’m honored to serve as Grand Marshal for one of St. Louis’ biggest events, and excited by the parade’s focus on art and creative expression. It will be quite a show in Soulard on February 26!”
You shouldn’t have to choose between being directly on the parade route, warming up from the cold, a dance floor with body-moving beats, a restroom without a line and being able to grab a drink whenever you need another.
That’s why the all-inclusive Bud Light Party Tent is THE place to be for over 9 hours of beer, beats and booze in two climate-controlled tents.
If you ever wanted to rub elbows with Blues legends at St. Louis’ biggest party, then we have exactly what you’re looking for. At the Blues Alumni Party Tent, your all-inclusive pass lets you hang out with some of the best to ever don the Blue Note in a climate-controlled tent right on the parade route.
There are many ways to get to Saint Louis Mardi Gras and many places to park your vehicle, but the best way to get to Mardi Gras is by leaving your car at home. That’s right, you may not want to bring your wheels. There are plenty of ways to get here without them.