Friday, June 23, 2017

Mardi Gras Festival (SFSTL)

Welcome to Six Flags St. Louis where the brand new Mardi Gras Festival is taking place.

All of the street lanterns in the front plaza area are dressed up for the festival.

As soon as you enter through the turn styles this large gator greets you from the fountain.

Front Street is all decorated with beads and masks.

They are literally hanging everywhere in this area.

They have several different characters posing for photos in this same area.

The main festival area is the Palace Gardens.

There they have several different vignette walls that have different scenes from Cajun history.

It was neat that the park took steps to educate people about the different historical events surrounding Mardi Gras - it's not just a booze party with beads.

I really liked the decorations on the Palace Porch Stage.

Periodically through out the day, the Palace Porch Stage was the home to different acts.

I happened to catch the Flowmenco Dancers.

They also have a Jazz Band that performs, but I missed them.

Roaming the park is another group that is composed of a drumline and a lone trumpet.

I'm not overly sure how they tie into Mardi Gras, but they were entertaining.

The park also has numerous specialty foods and drinks available during the festival.

These are beignets and they are delicious.

Also delicious is the Hurricanes which are served in a souvenir glass.

The main event is the daily Mardi Gras parade which begins at 7pm by Tidal Wave.

I loved how much excitement the parade created with the park guests.

The floats were awesome and are apparently designed by a famous float designer for the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades.

Even the Looney Tunes characters dressed up for the festival.

The neat part about the floats is that they get park guests to ride and throw beads.

Each of the floats had a unit of marchers matching that particular theme.

Some of the units were a bit more risque compared to others.

Some were a lot more.

But the floats - they were all awesome.

One unit was all about the Day of the Dead.

I really liked this float's design.

Of course we need a float that's all about 'MERRICA!

Some more characters.

Some huge beads on this float.

There's Slyvester.

The parade ended with Babs and Bugs Bunny as the parade's royalty.
Mardi Gras at Six Flags St. Louis runs Wednesday-Sunday June 21-July 16.

Hurricane Harbor St. Louis

Welcome to Hurricane Harbor St. Louis.

The park has a great lazy river called Castaway Creek.

The river has many different water obstacles to splash the floaters as they go by.

The most impressive of those features is this wall of waterfalls.

The park has a collection of 4 tube slides that all come off the same tower.  Pirahna (red) and Stingray (yellow) both feature tunnel and open sections whereas Hammerhead (green) and Man-O-War (blue) are completely enclosed the entire way.

Also in this section is the Big Kahuna, which is a family raft slide.

Wahoo Racer is the park's 6-lane down hill mat racer.

The park has a collection of 3 body speed slides.  The green slide is Jurahnimo.

Mah Hini (red) and Kon Tiki (blue) are mirror images and completely enclosed.

Tornado is the major raft slide in the park.

Up to 4 riders board a clover-leaf raft that plunges down into this huge funnel.  Once in the funnel the raft zigzags it's way to the bottom and out into the splash pool.

Hook's Lagoon is the kiddie area which features a waterfortress that includes many water obstacles and slides and the pirate ship which you can see in the foreground.

Bonzai Pipeline is a twin set of drop capsule body slides.  Once you climb into one of the two capsules at the top of the tower, you hear a countdown and then the floor drops out below you as your plunge into the slide.  It is quite the rush.

The final attraction in the park is Hurricane Bay, the park's giant wavepool.

This is a great waterpark and a great way to beat the Midwestern summer heat.