ST. LOUIS — Love and beads were in the air Saturday as St. Louis' 31st Mardi Gras parade snaked through downtown and continued into an all-day party in historic Soulard.
"Repeat after me: With this ring, I do thee wed," said WIL 92.3 personality Cornbread, who got his wedding-officiant license from the Internet, according the station's promotions director, Crystal Miles.
Jay and Mindi Hinson, of O'Fallon Mo., exchange rings during "Cornbread's Big Fat Wedding 2" a mass mobile marriage hosted by radio station 92.3 WIL during the 2010 Soulard Mardi Gras Parade. (Emily Rasinski/P-D)
The romance got rolling early as 25 couples got married on a radio station's float moments before the River City Casino Grand Parade stepped off just south of Busch Stadium. MORE
Despite some mischief, most Mardi Gras attendees were full of peaceful smiles and cheers. It's the reason Dawn Niermann of Clayton said she keeps coming back year after year.
"It's just fun to hang out and be in this upbeat atmosphere with everyone," Niermann said. "Every other day, people want to be negative and find something to be upset about, but look around this place. It's ridiculous how happy everyone is."
Just good, clean fun