Wordi Gras Parade & Celebration in Worden

Published at 6:44 p.m. on March 1, 2014 | Modified at 6:44 p.m. on March 1, 2014

The Wordi Gras Celebration & Parade took place in the town of Worden on Saturday afternoon. This is the eighth year for the event, which has grown in size every year. It began with just a handful of young people in trucks driving through town, waving and yelling and throwing beads out to people. They had originally wanted to go to the St. Louis Mardi Gras Parade that year, but due to snowy weather, they decided to have their own parade. Now, over 1000 people routinely fill the town located in northern Madison County. The parade takes place along Wall Street, starting at Park Street and ending at Drummond Street. Most of the town's bars and food establishments are on Wall Street, and other merchants set up stands and tents to serve food and drinks starting at noon. After the parade, the celebration continues with live music and DJs playing music under the tents and inside local businesses.

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