Slide Party at the City Museum, St. Louis, May 21, 2008

The City Museum downtown hosted a free party on Wednesday night as a thank-you to the scores of petitioners who rallied (on the Internet, at least) to keep the museum/playground open. Rumors of the museum's possible closure due to injuries swirled for weeks before being stamped out at the party Wednesday night. Photos by Brent Holzapfel.
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Maggie Miller and her sister Nikki pelt Darrell Dixon repeatedly in the ball pit.
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Maggie Miller and her sister Nikki pelt Darrell Dixon repeatedly in the ball pit.
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Bill Simmons tries to help up Jason Butz as Jessica Bingheim watches.
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Bill Simmons tries to help up Jason Butz as Jessica Bingheim watches.
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Lauren Flecky gets her picture taken with a snake.
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Lauren Flecky gets her picture taken with a snake.
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Spot the P.D.A.
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Spot the P.D.A.
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Free food draws a crowd, always.
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Free food draws a crowd, always.
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The long line of people in line for Gus' Pretzels and Dad's Cookies.
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The long line of people in line for Gus' Pretzels and Dad's Cookies.
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Kathy Valentine grooves to Papa Smiley & The Brain Bananas.
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Kathy Valentine grooves to Papa Smiley & The Brain Bananas.
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Papa Smiley & The Brain Bananas.
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Papa Smiley & The Brain Bananas.
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Ball pit at sundown.
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Ball pit at sundown.
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Getting high at the City Museum.
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Getting high at the City Museum.
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Enjoying my right to slide.
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Enjoying my right to slide.
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Getting Monster energy while others eat up the Ted Drewes.
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Getting Monster energy while others eat up the Ted Drewes.
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Doug Anstoetter, yellow, Patrick Davies, black, and Dan Costello, pink, really enjoy their Gus' pretzels.
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Doug Anstoetter, yellow, Patrick Davies, black, and Dan Costello, pink, really enjoy their Gus' pretzels.
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Delores Talley takes advantage of all the free food.
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Delores Talley takes advantage of all the free food.
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Yes, there were ample amounts of Monster energy drink consumed.
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Yes, there were ample amounts of Monster energy drink consumed.
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In celebration of the City Museum not closing because pedestrian injuries, pedestrians try to injure themselves.
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In celebration of the City Museum not closing because pedestrian injuries, pedestrians try to injure themselves.
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Aile Carr plays a tune for anyone.
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Aile Carr plays a tune for anyone.
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Night in the Jungle.
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Night in the Jungle.
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Madahoochi playing for the crowd.
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Madahoochi playing for the crowd.
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Foreground: band.  Background: party.
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Foreground: band. Background: party.
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