The party – which some say is among the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country – gets underway with River City Casino Grand Parade at 11 a.m. tomorrow. St. Louis Police Captain Sam Dotson says the department will have two shifts of about 200 officers working Mardi Gras.
Frank Woodruff Buckles, age 16, U.S. Regular Army, First Ft. Riley Casual Detachment of 102 men. Flags will be lowered in select locations of Mo. until March 8, 2011 to honor Buckles, who died Sunday. (via Wikimedia Commons/ U.S. Library of Congress)