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9 Events to Go to Before Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras isn’t the type of holiday you celebrate in a day. The fun can go on for days and in this case, weeks! Check out the eight best events around St. Louis you can do to start the Mardi Gras celebration early.

Beer, Wine, and Whiskey Taste – February 10th

Join Mardi Gras fans at the Bud Light Party Centre for a night of drinks, barbeque, and dancing. Taste award-winning barbeque from St. Louis’ own Sugarfire Smoke House, Salt + Smoke, and Pappy’s Smokehouse while also sipping whiskeys, beers, and wines. Ticket prices include food and drinks and are available at a discount until February 9.

Cajun Cook-Off and InsideSTL Kitchen Pass – February 11th

Get a two-for-one culinary treat with the Cajun Cook-Off and InsideSTL’s Kitchen Pass. Featuring St. Louis’ culinary leaders like Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smoke House, Tom Schmidt of Salt + Smoke, and Mike Emerson from Pappy’s, this event will undoubtedly put some meat on your bones. Johnson, Schmidt, and Emerson will share their insider secrets while dishing out classic Cajun treats.

Cruzan Rum Taste of Soulard – February 18th and 19th

This event is a choose-your-own-adventure tasting experience, with six food vouchers included in your ticket price, allowing you to pick and choose any dishes you’d like. If you partake on Saturday, you’ll get a complimentary trolley ride to the venues.

Missouri Lottery 5K Run for Your Beads – February 18th

Balance out the eating spree you’ll do for Mardi Gras with this 5K. Gear up in purple, green, and gold to race your way through the historic Soulard neighborhood. Prizes will be awarded for each age division as well as for the best costume. Find your best workout gear and sign up for the race here.

Beggin’ Pet Parade – February 19th

See the best furry residents of the area at the Beggin’ Pet Parade at the corner of 12th and Allen. Bring your pets in their best Mardi Gras gear to enter to win the titles of King and Queen of Barkus. The lucky pets to win will be invited to the Coronation Pageant in Soulard Market Plaza where the King and Queen will be crowned. Learn more here.

Weiner Dog Derby – February 19th

If you didn’t get your fill of dogs at the Beggin’ Parade, this is your chance to bask in more four-legged fun. Enter your dachshund into the longest-running dachshund derby in America for $10, or come watch for free. Learn more about the doggie derby here.

Everly on the Loop Celebration at the Cheshire Hotel – February 23rd

Join the Everly on the Loop celebration at the historic and luxurious Cheshire Hotel. With a DJ, bar, food, and chances to win big prizes, you won’t want to miss this Mardi Gras party.

Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball – February 24th

Debatably the biggest event of the pre-Mardi Gras celebration, the Mayor’s Ball will be a social event to remember. Hosted by the Mardi Gras Foundation in the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall, this black-tie gala features food, cocktails, dancing, and spectacular entertainment. Get your tickets here.

Grand Parade and Party Tent– February 25th

Here’s the party you’ve been gearing up for. Drink, dance, and taste the best Mardi Gras has to offer at this party of the year sponsored and hosted by Bud Light. Enjoy two heated tents for dancing and mingling, music by Rockstar DJs, and a Cajun/Creole buffet from Joanie’s Pizzeria. The Bud Light Party Tent sells out every year, so get your tickets soon.