February 15, 2015

Revelers Celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Louis

On Saturday, February 14, the bead-craving hordes once again jammed 7th Street in St. Louis' Soulard area for the annual Mardi Gras Grand Parade. They then dispersed into the neighborhood for more revelry and debauchery. Photos by Theo Welling for Riverfront Times
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Jacob Dunn totes his "Big Balls" around at Mardi Gras.
Jacob Dunn totes his "Big Balls" around at Mardi Gras.
DeeDee Dunbar and Kim Kuder encounter Jeff Jones, the "FREE HUGS" sign man, at Mardi Gras in  Soulard on February 14, 2015.
DeeDee Dunbar and Kim Kuder encounter Jeff Jones, the "FREE HUGS" sign man, at Mardi Gras in Soulard on February 14, 2015.
Kim Kuder, Steve Prather, DeeDee Dunbar, Troy Dunbar and Nancy Schomaker at Mardi Gras.
Kim Kuder, Steve Prather, DeeDee Dunbar, Troy Dunbar and Nancy Schomaker at Mardi Gras.
John Nettles holds a sign advertising Soulard Coffee Garden's Mardi Gras drink specials.
John Nettles holds a sign advertising Soulard Coffee Garden's Mardi Gras drink specials.
Randle Caldwell, Anna Knaup, Kimmie Barrett, Kelly Litzelfelner, and Ashley Carnoali enjoy the cold beer and even colder weather.
Randle Caldwell, Anna Knaup, Kimmie Barrett, Kelly Litzelfelner, and Ashley Carnoali enjoy the cold beer and even colder weather.
"Bible-believing Christian individuals" hold signs during the debauchery at Soulard’s Mardi Gras celebration.
"Bible-believing Christian individuals" hold signs during the debauchery at Soulard’s Mardi Gras celebration.
Tyler Wesche, Kathleen Mitchell, Tom Bomb, Lanya daSilva, James Brockfeld, Kathleen Whalen and Kaitlyn Wampler, members of the Renaissance Faire, promote their organization by wearing period costumes.
Tyler Wesche, Kathleen Mitchell, Tom Bomb, Lanya daSilva, James Brockfeld, Kathleen Whalen and Kaitlyn Wampler, members of the Renaissance Faire, promote their organization by wearing period costumes.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.
Scene from Soulard Mardi Gras.