A St. Louis Celebration

I, the Queen of the Wild Hair, decided that even though Ryan is currently in London for work, the Fab Five and I should go downtown today, for the rally celebrating the St. Louis Blues first Stanley Cup championship. So we got on the train. And even though our stop is pretty early in the line, we had to stand. And as the train got closer to the city, more and more Blues fans got on, until it reached maximum capacity, something I had never previously experienced. But everyone was in a good mood, and it was a fun ride!

We headed for Kiener Plaza, and then the Arch grounds, when we arrived, so we could hang out with several hundred thousand of our closest friends. We didn’t plan on seeing the parade, and we couldn’t stay for the whole rally, but we wanted to be there, and see at least part of it. And we definitely weren’t disappointed!

Some of my favorite moments included stumbling across a musician playing “Gloria,” hearing the Charles Glenn Group perform many different numbers (including Don’t Stop Believin’, with a St. Louis twist that I’m sure would annoy Detroit Redwings fans), and hearing a barge tow on the Mississippi River get the “Let’s Go Blues” chant going (as did pretty much every car stuck in gridlock downtown). And I’m almost certain that at this point, the city of St. Louis is out of beer, because if the Blues players didn’t drink it all, their fans did, but it was an affable crowd, and no one was belligerent or rude…everyone was in a festive mood, and having a great time! I definitely hope we get to do this again sometime, but I doubt anything will come close to matching the energy of that first championship!

Chickadee Thursday

Chickadee had fun visiting the National Blues Museum in St. Louis for the first time today!

After touring the museum, we walked around downtown St. Louis for a bit, and in addition to looking longingly through the gates of Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals were playing the Dodgers (the Cards won), we stopped at Kiener Plaza, where Chickadee had some fun on the playground:

It was a nice way to spend a spring day in the city!

The Kiener Plaza Fountain Goes Teal

I know it looks almost exactly the same as when they died it for the St. Louis Blues hockey playoff run earlier this year, but right now, the fountain at Kiener Plaza is a lovely shade of teal, in support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It looks very pretty, and it’s for a good cause!

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The City Bleeds Red!

Today, in honor of the Cards clinching a spot in the playoffs, the St. Louis Parks Department dyed the fountain at Kiener Plaza red:

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This whole city bleeds Cardinal red! We play for October!

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