What cold? Mardi Gras events roll on despite winter forecasts

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras festivities are underway in St. Louis. On Friday night, party goers will be filing into Soulard Market Park for the Wine, Beer, and Whiskey Taste. On Saturday, it’s the Cajun Cook-Off. As always, Mardi Gras is a winter event and the fun will roll on despite the cold and threats of rain and snow.

At the Wine, Beer, And Whiskey Taste, attendees will spend the evening sampling beverages from around the world, chat with industry experts, and enjoy samples from several of St. Louis best barbeque restaurants.

The cold has never kept the crowds away. But many of these pre-Fat Tuesday events are held indoors. Not at a permanent structure, but inside a large, climate controlled tent that keeps the cold out and the heat in. That tent will be used for VIPs at the popular Pet Parade and Mardi Grad Grand Parade events.

Tickets are still available for the Lumière Place Cajun Cook-Off being held Saturday. Ten professional chefs and ten amateur cooks will be randomly paired and given a mystery ingredient with which they will create a unique recipe. They’ll even do their shopping at the Soulard Market next door. For more on Mardi Gras events, visit www.mardigrasinc.com/