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

Use Metro and get to Mardi Gras the easy way

Parade Krewes

 

 The theme for 2017 Mardi Gras Grand Parade: Soulard Celebrates Cinema

 It is time for some movie fun! 

The Oscars are the day after the parade so stay in costume.

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PARADE TWO POINT OH!

Krewes can get started building earlier this year. Take advantage of the Early Approval Screening deadline of June 25.

Apps will be received after June 25 and you know be notified if your plan has been approved.  (The approval process is NOT first come first served.)

Send in your sketch and float description, but remember - payments are due August 31.

August 31 is still the Deadline for Returning Krewes if you are not ready to apply by June 25.

 

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!

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!!!

First place - Mystic Knights - Wrestling at the Chase  137 points   PHOTOS

Second place tie- 136 points  

Banana Bikes  - The Freakness   PHOTOS

and

Affton Vice - the Mardi Gras 500   PHOTOS

 

2017 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. 

 

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: