Official Mardi Gras Poster Revealed
Congratulations to Ben Haug, Soulard Resident & Artist
Each year the Board of the Soulard Business Association has the honor of picking the design for the Official Mardi Gras poster and shirt. The theme of the upcoming celebration, chosen by Mardi Gras, Inc., is “By the Numbers.” In the spirit of community involvement, the SBA Board put out a call for local artist submissions. The SBA’s non-voting Executive Director, Shawn Caruso, collected submissions to keep anonymity and presented the artwork to the SBA Directors, James Lettau, Marybeth Wallace, Tom Gullickson, Mike Crossno, Laura Leister, Patrick Webber, and Tom Murphy.
After much deliberation, the SBA Board chose the colorful and unique design by local resident and artist, Ben Haug. The artwork depicts what the front page of the Soulard Renaissance might look like if it had to report on thousands of party aliens descending upon Soulard to celebrate Mardi Gras. Ben interpreted the theme of “By the Numbers” to mean that Mardi Gras will be a part of Soulard for many years to come and the celebration will only keep growing by the numbers to include visitors from our world and beyond.
The SBA Board congratulates Ben for his winning submission, and sincerely thanks all the wonderful artists for their contributions to the contest.
Official Mardi Gras posters, shirts, and hoodies will be sold online on www.historicsoulard.com and at participating bar, restaurant, and retail stores in the area. Sales will begin in December and will be available, until supplies last, through Mardi Gras season.