Mardi Gras Grand Parade Rocks Soulard

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SOULARD NEIGHBORHOOD (KTVI) - Mardi Gras Inc's Mack Bradley said Saturday's River City Casino Grand Parade was so huge, the party was a sovereign nation.

"We have about a hundred different units in the parade this year," he explained. "About 80 of them are floats. The other hundred are walking krewes. There`s this one that does a dance with lawn chairs. That`s kind of crazy."

At this parade, "crazy" was a compliment.

The theme was Carnival Comics. "Mother Goose and Grim" author Mike Peters said he was honored to be the Grand Marshal in his hometown and for his mother Charlotte Peters. She had her own show on KTVI-TV in the 1960s.

"My mother was the Grand Marshal many years ago,'' he smiled. "And, I'm going to be thinking of her because I am doing exactly what my mom did. That means a lot to me."

Bradley, who is also considered the Foreign Minister of Mardi Gras Nation, had a few tips for anyone coming to party.

"It helps if you dress crazy."

So Captain America Krewe member Robert Mueller stepped up for his float team.

"They convinced me to put on this," the muscles in his Captain America costume were cotton. "Because, I'm the smallest dude we got. So, it's pretty sad."

"It helps if you have a lot of beads," another Mack-Bradley Mardi Gras tip.

"The beads, let me tell you," River City Casino`s Candace Coleman threw back her head. "It took 50 team members 8 hours to bead both of our floats: both the River City Casino Float and the Lumiere Place Float."

Most of these krewes stayed up half the night putting on finishing touches. But, not one of the floats got built overnight.

"I would say about 3 to 4 months, blood sweat and tears," said Black Cinema Sunday Krewe`s Donald Gage.

"Because Princes and the Frog is set in New Orleans," said his wife Kay who wore an elaborate Carnival-inspired headdress. 'What other cartoon to pay tribute to but Princess and the Frog?"

Black Cinema Sunday features motion pictures with African-American themes and filmmakers. They also foster creative outreach to children.

"We have hand-painted coconuts painted by Normandy School District kids and kids from Ferguson School District as well," he explained.

But, this was just Saturday. Coleman had a little reminder.

"And, then we do it all over again for Fat Tuesday."

As of 8:00pm Saturday, St. Louis Police had made eighty arrests. Seventy-six people were arrested for minors in possession, one for marijuana possession, two for resisting arrest, and one for interfering with an arrest.

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