Thursday, March 28, 2013

8th Annual St. Louis Ice Carnival

Every year businesses and organizations of the Delmar Loop come together and throw a winter festival known as The Loop Ice Carnival. This year the Ice Carnival took place on January 18 & 19, 2013.
The Loop Ice Carnival 2013

A crowded corner at Delmar & Skinker Blvds.

Washington University has plans for an $80 million project consisting of stores and apartments for about 550 students. The project comprises a four to six-story building of retail space and apartments on Delmar Boulevard at Eastgate Avenue and three new mid-rise apartment buildings on Enright Avenue nearby. Design work has started and construction  began in January 2013 and should be open with occupancy in August 2014, university officials said.
Ice sculpture of the proposed $80million storefront and student apartments

Mom and child enjoying their day out

The beautiful historic Tivoli Theatre.

St. Louis' beloved Tivoli Theatre features the finest in independent film and foreign language cinema. Architecturally and historically, the Tivoli Building is the most prominent edifice in The Loop area of St. Louis. It has a street frontage of 180 feet, is four stories tall, houses seven specialty shops in addition to the theatre, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described the theatre as having "luxury and splendor eclipsing that of any other St. Louis theater" and "the piece de resistance of glorified beauty."
(On May 24, 1924, the ornate Tivoli Theatre opened to the public.)

This stilt walker entertains the crowd and amazes the kids with juggling and slight of hand magic tricks.

Crowds of visitors enjoying the price specials at local shops

A juggling demonstration to entertain on-lookers

Father taking a pic of his son for a cherished memory

Noodles ice sculture

Kids ready to pose in the whimsical wooden cut-outs

Many of the kids got a very cold hands on experience with the ice sculptures by running their hands on the frozen art work.
The DJ played some good music for several hours and kept it entertaining

Interesting ice sculpture

The Pinup Bowl

The Moonrise, a luxury boutique hotel
Opened in April 2009 by Joe Edwards as part of his vision for adding vibrancy to the Delmar Loop neighborhood, the eight-story Moonrise Hotel serves as a destination hotel for St. Louis locals, Washington University visitors and out-of-state travelers alike. Its prime location next to The Pageant attracts musicians and concertgoers from across the nation.

The Moonrise Hotel also is home to the award-winning Eclipse Restaurant, a St. Louis leader in casual fine dining. Eclipse Restaurant's talented chefs serve up a menu of fresh, contemporary American dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients, and skilled bartenders mix up classic cocktails with a modern twist.

The Moonrise Hotel had a packed house with visitors, patrons and overnight guests. "Cosmonauts on Ice" features two Moonrise Hotel Rooftop vodka sampling stations. If you look closely at the top of the building there was a big crowd partying on the hotel rooftop sampling vodka cosmopolitans. They were delicious I must say!!!

Good Works Home Decor sculpture

A couple of penguins passing out event brocures.

The ladies just love this sculpture!

The Pageant
The Pageant Nightclub is a live music venue and opened for the first time on October 19, 2000. The name is the only remnant from the long-gone Pageant movie theater which was located about 3 blocks further east on Delmar from the present location.
The Halo Bar is a club/hangout spot located on the first floor of the Pageant and is a great place to be before and after a show, or just any time you want to relax and people watch. The Halo Bar is open 7 days a week until 3am.

Norman the Gnome sculpture for Ice Visions

One of the many cocktail bars for adults
Events included family-friendly ice slides, human dog sledding, the 5-hour "Putt-Putt Bar Crawl", 5 & 10K frozen buns run, live ice carving demonstrations, the 11-bar long, stilt-walkers and jugglers and penguins walking throughout the loop. The evening ended with live art performances at the Regional Arts Commission. Also to end the evening with a bang were 10 live bands which performed at 10 different clubs that evening. I'm so looking forward to next year already!