Mardi Gras Guide 2007

Week of February 8, 2007

1860's Hard Shell Cafe Mardi Gras: 1860's is a Taste of Soulard venue featuring Cajun chicken with crawfish dressing; then join the fun and music on Sat., Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., with Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe in the Big Tent, the Tony Campanella Band in the Saloon, Jimmy Lee and the Joint Jumpers in the cafe and Cajun/Zydeco DJ Alligator Man in the Geyer House; Billy Barnett and the Movers rock the Saloon on Fat Tuesday. Sat., Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 17. 1860's Hard Shell Cafe & Bar, 1860 S Ninth St., 314-231-1860, www.1860hardshellcafe.cjb.net.

After 24 Hour Diner and Games' Mardi Gras: Huge party with lots of beads, freebies and drag queen Glamour. Sat., Feb. 17, 4 p.m.-4 a.m., free. After 24 Hour Diner and Games, 4146 Manchester Ave., 314-652-4800.

After Mardi Gras at City Diner: They'll be open until 11 p.m. throughout the week and 24 hours over the weekend. City Diner, 3139 S Grand Blvd., 314-772-6100, www.citydiner.us.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet: Booze, beads, boobs — you still gotta eat. Sun., Feb. 11, 8 a.m.; Sat., Feb. 17, 8 a.m., $7.75. Nadine's Gin Joint and Cafe, 1931 S 12th St., 314-436-3045.

Art & Soul Auction: The evening includes a live fine-art auction and silent auction all within a French Quarter decor; New Orleans-style foods with gourmet appetizers and entertainment by New Orleans native pianist Richard Carr; all benefits go to Bridgeway's Domestic Violence Services. Tickets must be purchased in advance; call 636-757-2229 for reservations. Sat., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., $1,000 for reserved table of 12 with premium seating; $50 general tickets. St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Dr., Saint Charles, 636-669-3000, www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com.

Atomic Cowboy's Mardi Gras: Come to the Grove for a hip-hop celebration and the funk-jam styles of riverfrontradio.com with performances by DJs, bands and artists creating graffiti works for sale; the show starts at 9 p.m. and includes Earthworms, Essence of Logic, Dub Kitchen, Royal Illete, 40 til 5 and DJ Mahf; drink specials abound and the kitchen's open late. Sat., Feb. 17, $3. Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave., 314-775-0775, www.atomic-cowboy.com.

Bamboo Bistro's Mardi Gras: Bamboo Bistro's feasting for the Grand Parade with tasty Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine; order to-go early and beat the rush. Sat., Feb. 17. Bamboo Bistro, 214 N 4th St., 314-241-8884.

Bar Louie's Best Mardi Gras After Party: Join Bar Louie and Captain Morgan for the best after party in town with drink specials all night and a kitchen that's open until 1 a.m. Sat., Feb. 17, free. Bar Louie, 14 Maryland Plaza, 314-678-3385, www .barlouieamerica.com/stlouis.html.

Bastille Mardi Gras: A Taste of Soulard venue featuring French Onion soup. Sat., Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bastille Cobalt Grill, 1027 Russell, 314-664-4408.

Beer on the Bayou!: Enjoy hors d'oeuvers, a "Ragin' Cajun" three-course meal (each course paired with a different Schlafly beer) and music from the Zydeco Crawdaddys. Mon., Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., $45, 314-961-7588 ext. 251. Boathouse, Forest Park, 314-367-3423, www.boathouseforestpark.com.

Beggin' Strips Barkus Pet Parade: Watch as thousands of costumed pups and their owners parade through Soulard; register your dog either online at mardigrasinc.com, at Clementine's, or on parade day at 10 a.m.; five dogs will be crowned king, queen, prince, princess and jester of the 2007 Beggin' Strips Barkus Court at 2 p.m. in Soulard Farmers Market Park; the $10 registration fee benefits Open Door Animal Sanctuary. Sun., Feb. 11, 1 p.m. Soulard Farmer's Market, S Seventh St. & Lafayette Ave., 314-622-4180, stlouis .missouri.org/citygov/soulardmarket.

Big Daddy's Block Party: A Taste of Soulard venue featuring stuffed mushroom caps; then on Saturday, Feb. 17, it's Mardi Gras party central — 10th and Sidney streets will be blocked off from 8 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the Z107 party van will play music until 4 p.m.; DJ Flyin' Brian takes over the DJ booth and plays until 11 p.m. Sat., Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 17, $5 after 6 p.m. Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney St., 314-771-3066, www.bigdaddys-soulard.com/.

Brandt's Fat Tuesday: Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Brandt's Mardi Crawl — live music and lots of fun, call for price and band information. Tue., Feb. 20. Brandt's Red Carpet Lounge, 6525 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-3663, www.brandtscafe.com.

Broadway Oyster Bar's Parade Day Bash: Huge Mardi Gras party in their historic bar, out on the heated patio, and in their street tent, with music from New Orleans band Bonerama at 2 p.m. and Gumbohead at 6 p.m.; full food menu available along with beer, SoCo hurricanes and U-Call-Its all day. Sat., Feb. 17, 9-3 a.m., $5-$10. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S Broadway, 314-621-8811, www.broadwayoysterbar.com.

Bud Light Party Tent: This large heated tent is in the middle of the fun and features an all-you-can-eat Cajun Creole buffet catered by Joanie's To-Go from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., an open bar, private Port-a-Potties, live music and radio remote, bottomless beads, giveaways and many other surprises; all tickets must be purchased in advance at mardigrasinc.com, 21 and up only. Sat., Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., $90. Soulard Market Park, S Eighth St. and Lafayette Ave.

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