Mardi nah: Alternatives to going to Soulard for Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras in St. Louis is definitely something you should experience at least once. That said, it’s not for everyone. Not that day drinking in the middle of the street isn’t great, but it can get exhausting if you’re not super into crowds. Or if you’re like me, you’re old, and you’d rather be doing crossword puzzles by yourself. Either way, here are a few things you can do in lieu of celebrating Mardi Gras:

Parties brave the crowds in the Soulard neighborhood to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Mardi Gras, which celebrates a feast before fasting in the Christian tradition of Lent, last year. St. Louis hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation.Holly Ravazzolo | Student Life

Parties brave the crowds in the Soulard neighborhood to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Mardi Gras, which celebrates a feast before fasting in the Christian tradition of Lent, last year. St. Louis hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation.

Go to the Kemper Art Museum.

The Kemper is underrated. If you’re not in the art school, you’re probably not used to hanging out around there—change that! There’s an extensive exhibit on playwright, novelist and visual artist Rosalyn Drexler that’s running through April. If you’re looking for something to do Friday night, there’s a screening titled “French Film at the Turn of the Century: “Spectacles de curiosite” happening at the Kemper as well. Even if you don’t end up checking it out, it’s still fun hitting “going” on the Facebook event, even if its just to pretend you know things about French films.

Go to something on campus.

Soulard is far. Staying on campus is more convenient than spending the money to Uber there. On Friday night at 7:30 p.m., African Students Association is having its annual fashion show in Tisch Commons. The theater department is also putting on “Macbeth” Friday and Saturday night. Technically, you could go to these events and also still go to Mardi Gras. But you’d probably feel more productive if you supported your fellow students in the evening and slept in during the day. Why is Mardi Gras so early, anyway?

Ball out of control on vending machine snacks.

Find your favorite vending machine on campus, find your favorite friend with the most Bear Bucks and have at it. We don’t appreciate vending machines enough. They’re thrilling. Like, you put your money in, and then you hit a few buttons, and suddenly, a snack just descends to the bottom of the machine! Isn’t that crazy? If someone had given George Washington a vending machine, he would’ve quit being president just to mess around with it. This is a personal hypothesis and I stand by it.

Sit in Chipotle for hours as you mourn.

The. Delmar Loop. Chipotle. Is. Closing. It’s temporary, but that doesn’t make it any less upsetting. Get there right when they open. Don’t even buy anything. Just sit at a table by yourself, in silence, as you reflect on all the memories you made (or didn’t make) here. Remember that time you got a burrito? Remember that other time you got a burrito? I’m tearing up.

Have brunch in Forest Park.

It seems like global warming is here to stay! While this isn’t great news for the planet, it is a wonderful time to have a picnic in the park. You can snack on sandwiches and mimosas as you take in the unexpected beauty of mid-February. Plus, you don’t have to deal with situating yourself within hoards of drunk people, and you probably won’t lose your friends in the crowd!

Read the Wikipedia page for Mardi Gras.

I mean, it’s basically like you were there.