21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
St. Louis Mardi Gras

The second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, in a small neighborhood called Soulard. On a sunny Saturday morning, my college friends and I crammed into the Metro with hundreds of others, all a little too drunk and a little too loud for our own good. It was the first year for Soulard Mardi Gras since Covid, and I intended to savor every moment.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D50
Copyright: © Cameron Thompson