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

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Parade Krewes

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

Last year we celebrated St. Louis and the floats were pretty great.




The theme of the parade in 2015 will be
Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis Celebrates All Things St. Valentines


A link to the 2015 Parade Theme Announcement is available on the Mardi Gras Facebook page and here

Basic Krewe Information

What is a 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 Mystik Krewe of Comus who believed in 1857 that the word gave the club’s name an “olde-English” flavor.

Here in St. Louis the Soulard Mardi Gras Grand Parade is made 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!

Here are some of the steps to follow if you would like 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, or, we have room in the parade for a number of walking/marching Krewes if you wish to try that approach.  Selecting your entry type and equipment helps you know about 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 involved 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 and stock up on beads.  


Bead recycling recycle-logo-beaded


There is still alot of fun left in those beads!   See how it is done:  Click recycled bead logo for video.

Drop off your beads in one of the marked 5 gallon buckets at one of these locations for recycling:


2015 Krewe ORGANIZATON 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.

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 - - Rythmic Blue Belvekis “The Eads Bridge and its Inaugural Crossing

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

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