Soulard in St. Louis Jan. 6 - Mar. 4, 2014

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Parade Krewes

Who doesn’t love the Mardi Gras Grand Parade and the several hundred thousand people watching and waiting for over a million strands of beads? 

Parade Theme

The theme of the parade in 2015 will be, “Soulard Mardi Gras Celebrates All Things St. Valentine.” View the 2015 parade theme announcement on YouTube.

Motorcycle Riders: Join the BRRRR Ride

What: A charity motorcycle ride to benefit the USO of Missouri

Cost: Donation to the USO of Missouri

Includes: Ride leading the Mardi Gras Grand Parade

You can sign up online at:


The deadline for Krewe paperwork and new Krewe run-through is February 6, 2015.

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! 

2015 Krewe Organization Pricing

  • Walking Krewe $200*
  • Float $500*
  • Business Entry $800*
  • Float Sponsore $2,500*

*$350 deposit required with fee

Review the Float Construction Guidelines for helpful information. 


2015 Accepted Krewes

618 Parade Brigade: “Death of Captain Cook”

February 14, 1779, Captain James Cook, the English explorer and navigator, is murdered by natives of Hawaii during his third visit to the Pacific island group.

Affton Vice: “Princess Bride”

A giant, a stable boy, a Princess: it’s- Inconceivable!

American Beverage: “Love Potion #9”

Providing the red Finest call mixer for all those Valentine’s day Hurricanes.

Banana Bike Brigade: “The Birds and The Bees”

It’s the basics of love. 20 bikes decorated as the birds and the bees.

Bob Brinkman

One of Founding Fathers of Mardi Gras in Soulard

Boys from the Hill

The Hill Boys.

Construction Leadership Council Krewe: “Building Stronger Relationships”

Relationships relate to Valentine’s Day.

Digger Krewe: “Devil and Angel: Naughty and Nice”

It is good to be naughty.

DRMG: “Summer Lovin’”

A beach theme with palm trees and beach chairs.

Eastside Mardi Gras Association: “The Love Boat”

A large ship full of normal people. During the short cruise they solve their problems and live happy and in love.

Emmis Radio

105.7 The Point, KSHE 94.7+ KHITS 96.3, St. Louis’ Everything Alternative Radio Station and Classic Rock

Gateway Motorcycles: “Motorcycles Start the Parade”

When you hear them go by – the parade is on!

Gateway Precision LawnChair Krewe: “Love of Leisure – LOL”

The love of tubed aluminum, strategically wrapped with patterned webbed nylon - what’s not to love?

Hillary’s Krewe

The family of one of Founding Fathers of Mardi Gras in Soulard

Hubbard Radio St. Louis

101ESPN, 106.5 The Arch, 92.3 WIL, 101ESPN, The Pride of St. Louis Sports; 106.5 The Arch - It’s All About the Variety; 92.3 WIL - Get Your Country On!

Miss Route 66 – Mikaela Carson: “A Valentine from Route 66”

Classic convertible decorated with large vintage style Valentines.

Cahokia Knights of Columbus Club: “Light My Fire”

1968 Seagrave fire truck.

Iheartmedia St. Louis

Z1077 Hummer, WiLD 104.9 Ford Explorer, 93.7 The Bull Pick-Up

Jeff Co TC: “Get Hooked On Love”

Float looks like a boat or water with colorful fish and krewe in fishing outfits or fish costumes.

Kaplan University

Celebrating 75 years of higher education.

Keystone of St. Louis: “Drunken Love”

A theme based on the premise that when you fall in love when drunk, it is often a regrettable event.

Kilted Krewe: “Love Shack”

Love rules at the Love Shack. Both male and female members wear kilts. 

King James Krewe: “St. Valentine’s Day Soulard Style”

Everything will look like Soulard.

Komen Pink Krewe: “Save the Breast and Forget the Rest”

Pink ribbons, pink insignia – pink everything!

Krazee Krewe: “Kisses”

Chocolate kisses – a Valentines must see.

Krewe du Carouse: “The Garden of Even”

The “first couple”… Adam and Eve…however, we think Adam and Eve is too exclusive so we introduce 2 new first couples… Adam and Steve, and Alice and Eve.

Krewe of Calypseaux: “Kiss Cam”

Watch for yourselves on the big screen.

Krewe of Calypseaux Float #2: “Chapel of Love”

Vegas Wedding Chapel - brides, grooms, and Elvis.

Krewe of Creatively Confused: “Loves Bites”

A Vampire theme is born!

Krewe of Gosport Nancy: “The Queen of Hearts”

Alice in Wonderland -the croquet court and queen of hearts.

Krewe of Misfit Artists (KOMA): “Misfits In Paris”

The Eiffel Tower plays a central role in the design of the float.

Krewe of Re: “XOXO“

Conversation Hearts - a staple for every Valentine’s Day! 

Krewe of the Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze: “Love American Style at the Coral Court Motel”

The No-Tell Motel with a Touch of Class was surely a Valentine’s Day destination.

Krewe of Tulane Alumni and Friends: “Love Kills Slowly”

The heartbreak of love.  A jumbo broken heart will hover over the float.

Krewe of Vulcan: “Hunka Hunka Burning Love”

Everyone will be wearing Elvis costumes, plus Priscilla  and Col. Tom parker thru the years.

Krewe TCI: “Bringing you Valentines”

Hearts and love for Valentine’s Day.

Left Hand Krewe: “All You Need Is Love”

Vehicle will be a replica of John and Yoko’s bed.

Meridian Krewe: “Meridian Waste Services”

Meridian Waste Services is committed to providing high quality, excellent customer service to all its customers.

Monster Energy: “Monster Energy Band”

Monster Energy is an energy drink introduced in April 2002.  There are 34 different drinks under the Monster brand, try one. The company is also known for supporting many extreme sports events and a number of bands.

Moolah Shrine Gateway 500: “Moolah Shrine Gateway 500”

Everyone loves the go carts.

Moon Puppies Krewe: “Moon Puppies love everybody!”

Three whimsical flower characters and three outer space characters.

Mr. Jim’s Krewe: “ a tribute to online dating”

This honors dating in the 21st century.

Muryans Krewe: “Islands in the Stream”

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers are an iconic duo.

Party Going Friends Krewe: “All Things St. Valentines”

Hearts, cupids, V day cards, roses, chocolates, couples, etc.

Radio One

Old School 95.5 and Hot 104.1

Randall’s Wine And Spirits: “Randalls Wine and Spirits Train”

They make everyone look good.

Rhythmic Krewe Belvekis: “Make Love, Not War”

A tribute to the 1960s era of free love.

Show Me Krewe: “Prisoners of Love”

Valentine’s day is for people trapped in love. Krewe will be dressed as cops, and inmates.

Sorry No Fish: “Zombie My Valentine”

Zombies need love too: looking for a date (or snack) for Valentine’s Day.

Southern Comfort: “So Co Limo”

Southern Comfort was created in 1874.  The unique taste is described as a blend of whisky, fruit, and spice.

Spin Off’s: “Jungle Love”

All sorts of jungle animal couples.

St. Louis Blues: “Louie from the Blues”

Blues Cruiser and street team.  Let’s Go Blues!

St. Louis Cardinals: “Fredbird”

Our favorite bird!

St. Louis County Cab/Yellow Cab: “St. Louis County Cab Yellow Cab”

Watch for the bouncing taxi cab.

St. Louis Football Club: “St. Louis Football Club”

The newest pro sports team in St. Louis.

St. Louis GateKeepers: “GateKeepers + Arch Rival Roller Girls”

Special routines and couples skates.

St. Louis Rams: “St. Louis Rams Street Team”

Feel the love from Rampage and his crew.

St. Pat’s Downtown Parade:

St. Pat’s Parade.

The Grand Sultans of Excess: “The Grand Sultans of Excess”

Play on current movie/novel 50 Shades of Grey.

The Lords of Mardi Gras: “The Word Love”

Party mode - it is all good.

The Roofing Krewe: “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”

Valentine’s Day isn’t only about candy and cupid, it’s also about 1920s gangsters and flappers.

The Woo Krewe: “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”

Typical start to many Valentine’s Day cards.  Floral display of larger than life roses, violets, and bumble bees. 

US Marines: “US Color Guard”

Presentation of the flag.

VP Krewe: “VP Parade”

New Orleans style entry.

WSPS - (Weekend Society for the Prevention of Sobriety: “Chugs and KISSes”

Chugs and KISSes.  This demonstrates the importance of a Valentine s Day hug and the partying mentality of our krewe!  A recreated stage of the band, KISS.

Yomo Mini Patrol: “Yomo Mini Patrol”

Everyone loves the go carts.

Zulu St. Louis Social Aid & Pleasure Club: “Zulus for Love And Life”

Guys in tux and the king just showing love to the crew.

Bead Recycling

There is still a lot of fun left in those beads! See how it is done on YouTube. Drop off your beads in a marked five gallon bucket at one of these locations: 

2014 Winners

1st Place: Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze “St. Louis: 250 Years Before & After”

2nd Place: Krewe of Calypseaux “Garden Comes Alive with Missouri Botanical Garden”

3rd Place: Affton Vice “St. Louis Zoo: 1904 Flight Cage”

4th Place: Rhythmic Blue Belvekis “The Eads Bridge and its Inaugural Crossing

5th Place: Banana Bike Brigade “All Things Zoo”

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