America's Birthday Parade
The first Veiled Prophet Parade took place on October 8, 1878. It was sponsored by the Veiled Prophet Organization, a group of civic-minded businessmen who wanted to promote the City of St. Louis.
The first parade was modeled after the New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration. In the early years, floats from New Orleans were shipped to St. Louis by steamboat. Today’s imaginative and colorful floats are conceived and created by artists and craftsmen employed by the Veiled Prophet Organization.
This celebration is now being shared with the entire country as America's Birthday Parade.