Fair Saint Louis

Fair St. Louis is an annual festival held during the United States Independence Day holiday in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, at the Gateway Arch National Park.[1] It is funded by the Veiled Prophet Organization.[2]

Fair St. Louis in 2014


The event originally named "V.P. Fair" was a successor to the Veiled Prophet Parade,[3]], which began as a St. Louis civic celebration in 1878.[4] The first V.P. Fair took place in 1981.[5]

"The name 'Fair St. Louis' is expected to be marketable to all parts of the country," said Craig Kaminer, a spokesman for the VP Fair Foundation in 1994. "The vision is to create for St. Louis what the Mardi Gras is for New Orleans."[3]

"In addition," he said, "having the new name will send a positive message to those who have not supported the fair in the past . . . who have felt that the fair was not designed with them in mind." Kaminer said that the initials VP, for Veiled Prophet, "evoked images of the Veiled Prophet Ball and other related events that center around those of wealth and prominence.[3]

David Harper, a member of the fair's minority relations committee, said that "The idea of Veiled Prophet is offensive to some people," noting that the VP association excluded blacks from membership until 1979.[6]

The fair's first theme, in 2002, was "Many Colors, One Flag, One People."[7]

4th of July paradeEdit

Although this fair is held annually, it did not take place in person in July 2020. This was due to the on going Covid-19 pandemic. Instead they shifted it to be held virtually for the year.[8] It did return in person in 2021.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ staff, Go! Magazine. "Fair St. Louis 2019 schedule of events". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  2. ^ O'Malley, Beth. "Veiled Prophet: Symbol of wealth, power and, to some, racism". Stltoday.com. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b c [https://www.newspapers.com/image/141691278 Jo Mannies, "Profits of Change: VP Fair Revises Name to Broaden Appeal," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 24, 1994, image 2
  4. ^ "VP Order Noted for Its Anonymity," St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 7, 1958, image 37
  5. ^ "St. Louis Post-Dispatch 14 Jun 1981, page Page 1".
  6. ^ Amy Pray, "Fair for the Fourth," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 25, 1995, image 33
  7. ^ Greg Jonsson, "Fair St. Louis Courts Blacks, Tries to Set Aside Its Past," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 4, 2002, image 9
  8. ^ "Fair Saint Louis". Fair Saint Louis. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  9. ^ "FAQs". Fair Saint Louis. Retrieved 2022-04-06.

Coordinates: 38°37′27″N 90°11′01″W / 38.62428°N 90.18368°W / 38.62428; -90.18368