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Shoebox Parade Float Contest

  • When: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - All Day Event
  • Location: Online Event
  • Cost: Free

As a free, family-focused event, the Family Winter Carnival typically attracts children of all ages, many of whom are not eligible for COVID vaccination. This fact, coupled with the current COVID surge, has led us to the difficult decision to replace this year’s in-person Carnival with an online contest.

In place of the regular Family Winter Carnival events, we invite kids across St. Louis to participate in the Shoebox Parade Float Contest. To enter:

Step 1: Get a shoebox (any size will do!)
Step 2: Use your imagination to decorate it as a mini-Mardi Gras float
Step 3: Snap a picture of your creation
Step 4: Have an adult help you email your picture to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Make sure to include your first name and age as well as a parent or guardian’s name and contact information (if different from the email address used to submit the entry).

Entries and contest winners will be showcased on stlmardigras.org and social media channels. Our event sponsors have generously donated prizes for the winning floats:

1st place: 4 passes to the St Louis Aquarium
2nd place: 4 passes to the St Louis Ferris Wheel
3rd place: $50 Gift Certificate to the St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain
Note: By submitting an entry to the contest you grant Mardi Gras, Inc. permission to post the image as well as the entrant’s first name and age on stlmardigras.org and/or @STLMardiGras social media channels.

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 31st at 11:59 pm
Submission email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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