Soulard, St. Louis
|St. Louis neighborhood|
The Soulard Market in the northern portion of the Soulard neighborhood.
Location of Soulard within St. Louis
|• Total||0.60 sq mi (1.6 km2)|
|• Density||5,700/sq mi (2,200/km2)|
|ZIP code(s)||Part of 63104|
Soulard (soo-lard /su.lɑrd/) is a historic French neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri.
One of the oldest communities in the city, Soulard is today a largely residential neighborhood whose many businesses include restaurants, bars, and the North American headquarters of Anheuser-Busch, which houses the St. Louis Brewery. Half of the neighborhood north of Lynch Street is composed mostly of row homes and small apartments with the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and headquarters occupying most of the land south of Lynch. Many of its houses date to the mid- to late-19th century. Soulard also has several historic churches.
Many of its bars host live music, especially the blues and jazz bands which the city is known for. The barrelhouse blues piano player James Crutchfield lived in the neighborhood from 1984 until his death in 2001, and performed in many of the nightclubs. The district hosts regular pub crawls.
There are various neighborhood groups, including the Soulard Restoration Group and the Soulard Business Association, that organize events, keep the neighborhood clean and safe, and publish a newspaper, The Soulard Renaissance.
Soulard Market is featured in the opening scene of Alan Schroeder's picture book Ragtime Tumpie.
Soulard hosts the St. Louis Mardi Gras festival, which sometimes attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers, largely depending on weather. It has been said St. Louis hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras party in the country. Like the New Orleans celebration, the Soulard version features several parades during the Mardi Gras season. On the second Sunday before Mardi Gras, there is a family-oriented pet parade dubbed "Krewe of Barkus", which features people and costumed pets. The parade is followed by the informal Wiener dog races. On the Saturday evening before Fat Tuesday, the more adult-oriented flesh-for-beads parade occurs, although there have been various attempts to reserve a family section at one end of the route. The east-west streets of Soulard, Geyer, Allen and Russell, and others are crowded with people from 7th to 12th Street. Several VIP tents are available for admission by fee and usually a national recording artist performs for free on a main stage, usually on 7th St. In recent years, the parade has been moved just north of Soulard to downtown St. Louis.
In 2010, Soulard's population was 82.6% White, 13.3% Black, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. 2.7% of the population was of Hispanic origin.
- Anzeiger des Westens, the former large German-American daily newspaper of St. Louis, and the politically charged riot related to its readership that happened in Soulard
- Lafayette Square, St. Louis, a grand nearby neighborhood
- LaSalle Park, a former area of the neighborhood divided off by the construction of highways
- Missouri Rhineland, a major winemaking area in the region, both past and present
- "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-05-30.