Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Land Of The Weird And The Home Of The Tipsy

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From Busch Stadium to the Soulard Farmers Market, St. Lunatics turn out on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday to cut loose. The alcohol had begun to flow by the time I got to the staging area about 10. I guarantee you that is not iced tea in the container on the left below. Heaven knows how these bacchantes were functioning by sunset.

Sorry to say that the parade wasn't up to the standards of recent years - many fewer floats, lots less people in outlandish, provacative costumes. No idea why. The crowd was a bit down, too, despite fabulous winter weather for February - bright sun and 50F/10C. Maybe the area wants a new circus.

Of course, today is Stupid Bowl Sunday, our nation's grand celebration of gratuitous violence and corporate greed. (A sports writer for the local newspaper agrees with us.) Our family's anti-party tonight is at STL's hottest new eatery, Reed's American Table. You can get into any restaurant you want this evening. But soon Ash Wednesday will come, a time for penance and reflection. We're flying to Miami that day, which seems like a solid American way to observe it.                    

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7 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's clear this isn't your favourite St Louis event Bob :) I remember you saying last year that yourself et famille celebrate an anti Superbowl evening out, enjoy!

Nathalie H.D. said...

I was startled by the term "many fewer" (floats). Is that correct English? I guess it makes sense but somehow it seems weird to me. I rather would have said 'far fewer' or 'considerably fewer'. Anyway, you can't have your cake (great photo subjects) and eat it too (less lunatics in the US.) so I'm not sure if the fact that there are fewer provocative costumes in the parade is a good thing or not.

Anyway I wish you a great anti-Super Bowl party !!! Enjoy!

Norma Beishir said...

I must say that I did like the anti-Stan Kroenke float!

Sharon Anck said...

You did find some colorful characters here!

cieldequimper said...

I like these three!

William Kendall said...

Quite garish! I do like the second one particularly. We're in agreement about that pointless idiotic game going on this evening.

Stefan Jansson said...

You have to anti-something I guess.