Get your beads and masks ready!
First, the Mardi Gras board must vote to hold another Soulard Mardi Gras in 2011. The vote is followed by a royal proclamation on the steps of Johnny's Restaurant and then a grand musical procession (see map of the procession route above by clicking on Image 1 of 2).
The whole shebang ends at Soulard Market Park where the flag will be unfurled, a new Rex will be crowned and a "bloodless transfer of power" will occur under the bursts of fireworks, signifying the start of the Mardi Gras season.
Here's a rundown of tonight's scheduled events:
5:30-6:30 pm—Board to receive petitions
6:45 pm—Proclamation and Grand Procession
8:00 pm—Coronation of 2011 Rex, Mardi Gras flag and fireworks herald the season
Where: Petitions, Proclamation and Grand Procession all begin at Johnny’s, 1017 Russell Boulevard in Soulard. Coronation at Soulard Market Park, 8th & Lafayette.
The Soulard neighborhood has held a Mardi Gras celebration since 1980. More information on other St. Louis Mardi Gras events can be found here.