ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cold winds and a light drizzle haven’t been enough to keep thousands from packing the streets of downtown St. Louis and Soulard this afternoon.
The city’s 32nd annual River City Grand Parade featured over one hundred floats and vans from local radio stations and organzations as they made their way from 7th and Cerre near Busch Stadium to Soulard.
The parade’s patrons included young and old alike, with some traveling from outside the bi-state region to take part in the nation’s second largest pre-Lenten celebration.
“I’m here with some of my girlfriends, we just needed to get away for awhile,” said one first-time attendee. “We drove maybe 150 miles to get here.”
Meanwhile, others in attendance were St. Louis Mardi Gras veterans.
“This is my fourteenth Mardi Gras,” said an elderly man. “I’ve been to New Orleans plenty of times but I prefer it here. It’s fun and exciting without being overly raucous.”
Mardi Gras activities bring in over $20 million annually to the St. Louis region according to Mardi Gras, Inc, the non-profit in charge of producing the celebration.
A few minor reports of disorderly conduct have been reported thus far.
Photos from KMOX’s coverage of Mardi Gras can be found here.
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