Mardi-GrasSoulard neighborhood

Believe it or not, St. Louis is the second-biggest Mardi Gras city in the U.S., behind New Orleans of course. The place to be on Mardi Gras is Soulard, the historic French neighborhood in St. Louis. There is a parade in Soulard if you get there early enough but even if you miss it, have no fear: Whenever you get there, you are sure to find crowds of people in the streets. There are countless parties in the bars/party tents, music, street performers, and people of all sorts doing a variety of things to get beads. Beads are essential, so make sure you bring them. Whether you like to drink or not, Mardi Gras is definitely a fun time here in St. Louis and you absolutely have to check it out at least once. Dates: Early March.

— Abiye I., M1