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? 

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners! 

First Place: Banana Bike Brigade

Second Place: Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze

Third Place: Affton Vice

Fourth and Fifth Place: Krewe of Calypseaux


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 Krewes

  • 618 Parade Brigade: “Death of Captain Cook”
  • AB Bud Light Truck: “From Lohr”
  • AB/IB: “The Shock Top Volkswagen”
  • AB/IB: “The Land Shark Woody Wagon”
  • Affton Vice: “Princess Bride”
  • American Beverage: “Love Potion #9”
  • Banana Bike Brigade: “The Birds and The Bees”
  • Bob Brinkman: “Founding Father”
  • Boys from the Hill: “The Hill Boys”
  • Bud Light Billboard: “Get Your Krewe Home Safely”
  • Cahokia Knights of Columbus: “Light My Fire”
  • Construction Leadership Council Krewe: “Building Stronger Relationships”
  • Digger Krewe: “Devil and Angel: Naughty and Nice”
  • DRMG: “Summer Lovin’”
  • Eastside Mardi Gras Association: “The Love Boat”
  • Emmis Radio
  • Fredbird: Fredbird Golf Cart
  • Gateway LawnChair Krewe: “Love of Leisure - LOL”
  • Gateway Motorcycles: “Start the Parade”
  • Grand Marshal
  • Grand Sultans of Excess: “50 Shades of Purple, Green and Gold”
  • Hillary’s Krewe: Founder Float
  • Hubbard Radio St. Louis
  • Iheartmedia St. Louis
  • Jeffco TC: “Get Hooked On Love”
  • Kaplan University: “Celebrating 75 Years of Higher Education”
  • Keystone of St. Louis: “Drunken Love”
  • Kilted Krewe: “Love Shack”
  • King James Krewe: “St. Valentine’s Day Soulard Style”
  • Komen Pink Krewe: “Save the Breast and Forget the Rest”
  • Krazee Krewe: “Kisses”
  • Krewe du Carouse: “The Garden of Even”
  • Krewe of Calypseaux: “Kiss Cam”
  • Krewe of Calypseaux Float #2: “Chapel of Love”
  • Krewe of Creatively Confused: “Loves Bites”
  • Krewe of Gosport Nancy: “The Queen of Hearts”
  • Krewe of Misfit Artists (KOMA): “Misfits In Paris”
  • Krewe of the Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze: “Love American Style at the Coral Court Motel”
  • Krewe of Tulane Alumni and Friends: “Love Kills Slowly”
  • Krewe of Vulcan: “Hunka Hunka Burning Love”
  • Krewe TCI: “Bringing Valentines to You”
  • Left Hand Krewe: “All You Need Is Love”
  • Louie from the Blues: “Louie and the Blues Crew”
  • Meridian Krewe: “Meridian Waste Services”
  • Miss Route 66: “A Valentine from Route 66”
  • Monster Energy: “Monster Energy Band”
  • Moolah Shrine Gateway 500: Go Carts
  • Moon Puppies Krewe: “Moon Puppies Love Everybody”
  • Mr. Jim’s Krewe: “A Tribute to Online Dating:”
  • Muryans Krewe: “Islands in the Stream”
  • Party Going Friends Krewe: “All Things St. Valentines”
  • Radio One
  • Rampage and Rams Street Team
  • Randall’s Wine And Spirits: “Randalls Wine and Spirits Train”
  • REX Float
  • Rhythmic Krewe Belvekis: “Make Love, Not War”
  • Show Me Krewe: “Prisoners of Love”
  • Sorry No Fish: “Zombie My Valentine”
  • Southern Comfort: “So Co Limo”
  • Spin Off’s: “Jungle Love”
  • St. Louis County Cab/Yellow Cab
  • St. Louis Football Club: “The Newest Pro Sports Team in Town”
  • St. Louis GateKeepers: “GateKeepers + Arch Rival Roller Girls”
  • St. Louis Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club: “Zulus for Love and Life”
  • St. Pat’s Downtown Parade
  • The Lords of Mardi Gras: “Shaque D’Amour”
  • The Roofing Krewe: “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”
  • The Tan Co.: “Tan Co. History”
  • The Woo Krewe: “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”
  • US Marines: “US Color Guard”
  • VP Krewe: “VP Parade”
  • WSPS - (Weekend Society for the Prevention of Sobriety): “Chugs and KISSes”
  • Yomo Mini Patrol 

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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