Mardi Gras Column

Week of February 23, 2006

Mardi Crawl: This all-ages urban crawl winds through 20 mall stores in St. Louis Centre; listen to 65 local and national music acts; tickets limited, available at St. Louis Centre Administration Office, Streetside Records and MetroTix; see website for updated details. Thu., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $15-$25, St. Louis Centre, 6th and Locust.

Mayor's Mardi Gras Masquerade 2006: This black-tie, who's-who affair is a charitable event produced by the Mardi Gras Foundation Inc., sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and hosted by Mayor Slay. Fri., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.-midnight, $100-$500, 314-622-4000,

Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze Ball: Dress up and get down with guests Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band; food available for purchase; costume contest for the honor being crowned king and queen of the ball; 21 and up only. Fri., Feb. 24, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $20 in advance, cash only. Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave., St. Louis, 314-664-8000,

Off Broadway's Mardi Gras Events: Parade Day's band is Ceremony of Darkness. Sat., Feb. 25, $5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363.

The Shanti's Mardi Gras: On Thursday, there's a crawfish boil in a heated tent from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with music by Paul Jarvis starting at 9 p.m; Friday Digglers Lounge plays from 8 p.m. to midnight; the Schwag plays at 2 p.m. Saturday; and on Fat Tuesday, the Shanti welcomes Phil Stendek. The Shanti, 825 Allen, St. Louis, 314-241-4772.

Soulard Bastille's Mardi Gras: After Saturday's parade, there's a dance party on the streets with a live DJ and beads tossed every hour on the hour from noon to 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25, 12-8 p.m. Bastille Cobalt Grill, 1027 Russell, St. Louis, 314-664-4408.

A Tribute to Maltauius, the God of Beer: Celebrate the opening of Square One, Lafayette Square's newest brewery by honoring the Irish god of beer for Mardi Gras all weekend with no cover charge. Square One Brewery, 1727 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-231-2537.

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