February 19, 1980

On this date in Missouri history: The first Mardi Gras celebration is held in Soulard. St. Louis now has the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, trailing only New Orleans.

City Scout: St. Louis

February in St. Louis: Indie bookstore opens, SLAM reopens, Mardi Gras time, and Steinberg Ice Rink's final weeks for skating.

Soulard Mardi Gras Celebrates 38 Years of Beads, Beer, and Bon Temps

There’s no need to head all the way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans when you can hit one of the nation’s largest Mardi Gras celebrations right here in the Show-Me State.

Mardi Gras Soulard St. Louis

February 16, 1999

Police arrested several dozen people and maced many more when Fat Tuesday crowds got out of hand in St. Louis's Soulard Neighborhood.