1911 S. 12th Street, St. Louis, MO, 63104 / Cake artist: Rich Brooks
Soulard is the oldest surviving residential area in St. Louis. But it has seen its share of struggles. The Soulard Restoration Group has existed since 1972, and has always welcomed members and volunteers. With the help of volunteers, fences have been built, planted trees, painted places and built parks. The group meets every month. Soulard continues to thrive with its special events with many thanks to this group. Soulard has helped maintain St. Louis’ title of the biggest Mardi Gras celebration outside New Orleans. Other events include the Pet Parade and Oktoberfest.
Cake placement date: February 27
Where is the cake now?: The cake has sat outside various places in the Soulard neighborhood. (October 2017)
Rich Brooks, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: “It was truly one of my favorites to create. Mardi Gras 2014 would soon begin and I was excited to paint this cake. I live in the Island of Soulard but was not sure where it was going to be placed, but I was excited about the biggest party St. Louis has to offer other than the VP fair. Such things as the grand Parade, the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball, Soulard, the Mardi Garage and the dog parade were represented on the cake. Teasingly people say “what happens in Soulard stays in Soulard. So I represented that by having “See no. hear no and speak no evil” green with envy faces. The Jester represents the entire meaning of adult fun.. The Soulard star represents the oldest neighborhood in St. Louis, Soulard.”