St. Louis Mardi Gras honors "American Treasures" -

St. Louis Mardi Gras honors "American Treasures"

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(KMOV)--St. Louis celebrates Mardi Gras with the 32nd River City Grand Parade honoring America's greatest treasures.

The parade began at 11 a.m. at the River City Parade staging lot at 7th and Cerre Street, just south of Busch Stadium.  The parade traveled south on 7th and through the city’s historic Soulard neighborhood.
More than 100 floats, bands, lawn-chair brigades and other entries filled the 2011 Grand Parade. Some float themes included Fort Knox, American Bandstand, Mickey Mouse, Fast Food, Las Vegas, Drive-In Theaters, Mark Twain, and of course, the Gateway Arch.

The parade also honored veterans from every branch of service. The veterans served the United States in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information on the River City Grand Parade click here.

Mardi Gras in St. Louis, By the Numbers
Number of years St. Louis has hosted this party: 32
Average Grand Parade run time: 2 hours
Number of traffic cones used to stage the Grand Parade: 125
Number of bike racks used to line the Grand Parade route: 3,171
Number of miles in the Grand Parade Route: 1.6
Average number of people riding in the Grand Parade: 2,300
Average number of people walking in the Grand Parade: 1,100
Average number of paws at Beggin' Barkus Pet Parade: 32,000
Number of days between Fat Tuesday and Easter: 47
Number of "official" Mardi Gras colors: 3
Number of people Neilsen says watch STL Mardi Gras on the news: 21M
Average number of beads thrown from Grand Parade route: 17M
Number of Hurricanes poured on Grand Parade Day: 115,000
Regional economic impact generated by STL Mardi Gras: $25M
Average cost of a Grand Parade float: $7,500
Number of dollars it cost to put on the first STL Mardi Gras: $1,250
Number of dollars it takes to put this party on in 2011: $1M
Number of parties like St. Louis Mardi Gras: 0
Number of MG By the Numbers Facts: 20

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