Mardi Gras Column

Week of February 23, 2006

59th Street Mardi Gras Italiano Festival: Celebrate Bella's first annual Mardi Gras on the Hill with an all-day block party with music, karaoke and games. Sat., Feb. 25, 10 a.m. Bella's, 5838 Southwest Blvd., 314-644-1777.

9th Street Abbey: A tent will be set up outside from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with Cajun cuisine, hurricanes and beer; inside will serve same from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Zydeco Crawdaddies perform. Sat., Feb. 25, 11 a.m., $5. 9th Street Abbey, 1808 S. Ninth, St. Louis, 314-621-9598, www.pattylongcatering.com.

Al Hrabosky's Mardi Gras: Start off with the Mardi Gras Parade at Al's and end your night there too with their DJ. Sat., Feb. 25, 10-3 a.m. Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon, 800 Cerre St., St. Louis, 314-241-6969, www.alsballparksaloon.com.

Broadway Oyster Bar's Mardi Gras Party: Thursday, Feb. 23 is the Dogtown All-Stars' Mardi Gras Party; Friday, it's the Zydeco Crawddaddies' 10th Anniversary Mardi Gras Masked Ball — all costumed and masked customers get a free drink on the patio, Johnny Fox plays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Loyal Family Costume Mardi Gras Ball starts at 6 p.m. featuring Jupiter Jazz, Brothers Green, Big Thumb USA and more inside the heated tent; Saturday, Dangerous Kitchen plays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Gumbohead from 7 p.m. to close; and on Fat Tuesday, Big Bamou plays from 9 p.m. to close, $5 cover for most events. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811, www.broadwayoysterbar.com.

Cajun Buffet: Fat Tuesday's buffet includes Jambalaya, sausage, beans and rice, mostaccioli, hot links and po' boys. Tue., Feb. 28, 5-9 p.m., $9.95. Norton's, 808 Geyer, St. Louis, 314-436-0828.

Charter Communications Mardi Gras Grand Parade: Soulard salutes the small screen in this year's parade that travels from Broadway and Chouteau Ave to the heart of Soulard. Sat., Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Club Buca's Mardi Gras: St. Louis' premiere nightclub on the Landing is home to the official Mardi Gras Parade after party; also open Fat Tuesday. Sat., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., 314-231-2822. Club Buca, 710 N. 2nd St. (on Laclede's Landing), St. Louis, 314-231-BUCA.

Delta Dental Mardi Gras, Zoo Style: A family-friendly celebration at the Living World at the St. Louis Zoo with music by Bob Case; kids can make their own masks and watch performances about the importance of dental care. Sun., Feb. 26, 12-3 p.m., free. Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park, St. Louis, 314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org.

Eighteenth Century Costume Ball: Celebrate Mardi Gras as the settlers did at this costume ball. Sat., Feb. 25, 7-11 p.m., $8. Knights of Columbus Hall-Cahokia, 100 E Fifth, Cahokia.

Fat Tuesday featuring the Bud Light Party Zone: Parade begins at 6:30 p.m.; Dr. Zhivegas performs. Tue., Feb. 28, free, 314-771-5110, www.mardigrasinc.com. Kiener Plaza, 7th & Market streets, St. Louis.

Fete du Bon Vieux Temps: Step back 200 years in time and celebrate Mardi Gras like the French settlers did; exhibits, tours and presentations abound at the state historic sites. Sat., Feb. 25, 2-5 p.m., free. Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site, 107 Elm (Hwy. 157 & Rte. 3), Cahokia, 618-332-1782.

Freddie's and JJ's Clubhouse Mardi Gras Shuttle: Be safe and leave your driving woes to the Freddie's and JJ's Clubhouse shuttle. Sat., Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $2. Freddie's, 4112 Manchester, St. Louis, 314-371-1333.

Gladstone's Mardi Gras: Schedule includes karaoke beginning at 9 p.m. Fri., Feb 24; music by Casual Labor from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Catfish Willie at 7 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 25; Chicago Bob starts at 7 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. Gladstone's, 1800 S. 10th, St. Louis, 314-231-6339.

Joanie's Mardi Gras Celebration: Karaoke at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23; a Mardi Gras Party Package with a heated tent, unlimited Cajun buffet, beer, well drinks and hurricanes, beads and official poster, private Port-a-Potties and a DJ for $100 a person on Saturday, February 25; and live music with Oliver Johnson beginning at 7 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, February 28. www.joaniespizzeria.com. Joanie's Pizzeria, 2101 Menard at Russell (In Historic Soulard), St. Louis, 314-865-1994.

Lafayette Pub's Mardi Gras: Start off the day with kegs and eggs breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; throughout the day and night there's barbecued pork along with stilt walkers, midgets, dozens of hot painted women, DJs, giveaways and beads galore. Sat., Feb. 25, 7 a.m. Lafayette Pub and Grill, 1551 South 7th, St. Louis.

Lagniappe's Private Mardi Gras Party: Reserve your spot ahead of time at this party with music, food, beads, beer and hurricanes in a clean, warm environment; limit is 200 people. Sat., Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $45. Lagniappe's, 2501 S. Ninth, St. Louis, 314-771-2090, www.lanyaps.com.

Lucas School House Mardi Gras Celebration: Heated-tent party with food, drinks and restrooms; live music by Brian Curran from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mojo Syndrome 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Jake's Leg from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Ave., St. Louis, 314-621-6565.

Lynch Street Bistro's Mardi Gras: A DJ spins on parade day. Sat., Feb. 25, 2-8 p.m. Lynch Street Bistro, 1031 Lynch, St. Louis, 314-772-5777, www.lynchstreetbistro.com.

Mardi Gras Celebration at the Sheldon: Trumpeter Bob Ceccarini and pianist Pat Joyce celebrate Mardi Gras with a swinging New Orleans-style jazz performance; ticket price also includes coffee and pastries at 9 a.m. Tue., Feb. 28, 10 a.m., $10 to $12, 314-534-1111. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.sheldonconcerthall.org.

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