Mardi Gras Kickoff

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – On Sunday, many people will stroll around Soulard in their Mardi Gras garb and ask the Mardi Gras board if they can have Mardi Gras again this year.

Chef John Johnson from Lumiere & River City Casinos stopped by with some food to entice the board. He brought smoked gator nachos to share with the Mardi Gras board and Tim.

Twelfth Night is the traditional beginning of Mardi Gras. It falls on January 6th, twelve nights after Christmas.

This free event is held at Johnny’s, the birthplace of Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis. The Board of Directors will be accepting petitions from krewes, civic, business and neighborhood leaders, all requesting them to declare the start of the new Mardi Gras season.

Petitioning can be a reading, a poem, a skit, a song, a puppet show, love letters, or anything else they can think of.

After petitioning and a couple beverages, the proclamation will be read on the front steps of Johnny’s at 5:30pm. A musical procession will then wind through the neighborhood, ending in Rudy Commons at 8th and Lafayette in front of Soulard Market, where the Soulard Mardi Gras flag will rise and fireworks will signal the official start of the Mardi Gras season in Soulard.

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