St. Louis Mardi Gras | Snowman Softball

I don’t pretend to know much about softball, I’m a hockey/football kind of girl myself, but it looks like a ton of fun!! I remember Snowman Softball from last year. It was bitter cold and the ball fields in Forest Park were covered in a thick layer of ice. You couldn’t run the bases, you had to skate and slide. This year the challenge was mud. Calf deep in some places! You have to admire the dedication of these players! Before I show you the photos I wanted to urge you to go to to check out a listing of events for the rest of the season. Mardi Gras in St. Louis is about way more than just the Grand Parade! On Saturday, January 19th, Fifth Third Bank presents the SSM Cardinal Glennon Family Winter Carnival! This is a 100% family friendly Mardi Gras event! Inflatables, crafts, entertainment, all in a huge heated tent. It opens at 11am. The kids can decorate their own masks, crowns and capes. At 4pm the children get to walk in their own parade through the streets of Soulard! Go to the website for details!

And now for a few of my favorite images from yesterday, and a video!

(as always, all of the photos I took from yesterday can be seen on my website,! Did I catch you?)

RiverCityImages2013SnowmanSoftballSB1 RiverCityImages2013SnowmanSoftballSB2 RiverCityImages2013SnowmanSoftballSB3 RiverCityImages2013SnowmanSoftballSB4


12th Night in St. Louis

From January 6th until Fat Tuesday (February 12th), I eat, sleep and dream Mardi Gras. It’s a great time to live in St. Louis! We sure know how to party!

Our Mardi Gras Season kicks off every year on January 6th. 12th Night

But what is 12th Night? Here is a blurb from Mardi Gras Inc

The Board of Directors will be accepting petitions from krewes, civic, business and neighborhood leaders, all requesting them to declare the start of the new Mardi Gras season.

Petitioning can be a reading, a poem, a skit, a song, a puppet show, love letters, or any conveyance you wish to get your message to the board. The basic message is “WE WANT TO HAVE MARDI GRAS THIS YEAR!!!” It is all fun and your participation is encouraged.

How fun is that?!?! After the petitions are heard and beverages consumed, the crowd gathers in front to hear the Board give the nod to starting another season! A band plays and the party takes to the streets to spread the word to all of the fine Soulard establishments. The party ends at Soulard Market Park for speeches, proclamations and fireworks. The Mardi Gras flag is raised and the people cheer!

Last night was wonderful and I have the photos to prove it!

RiverCityImages12thNight2013 RiverCityImages12thNight2013.2 RiverCityImages12thNight2013.3 RiverCityImages12thNight2013.4RiverCityImages12thNight2013.5


I’ll be posting a video soon.

Also watch for my video blog entry: Mardi Gras Survival 101!

Tiny Tuesday, but on a Wednesday…

You know how it is. The kids are out of school. You’ve been having leftover Christmas cookies and egg nog instead of real meals. Sleep in, stay up late…

I believe I posted yesterday to check back today for a Tiny Tuesday. I failed to realize (due in part to the reasons listed above) that yesterday was Tuesday and today is Wednesday.

Good job!

So I would like to share with you our first installment of Tiny Tuesday.

Please keep in mind that I don’t have a macro lens, so you aren’t going to see anything like that. These are just some close up shots that I get while I’m out and about in the world. Like some snow collected on a branch. Enjoy!

Missouri Winter