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Mini-Flood 16: Burnin’ Love Festival

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photograph by Jason Gray

Popular opinion suggests that St. Louis was founded upon February 15, 1764. Still, arguments can be made for the important occassion having happened on either the 14th or 16th of February that year. Therefore, it is probably not such a big deal that Mother Nature ruined, with her display of ice and brutal cold, the first big attempt at celebrating St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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photograph by Billy Sukoski

On Valentine’s Day, 2014, a throng of St. Louisans was expected to gather on Art Hill to take part in a massive outdoor party complete with fireworks, amazing music, great food, an attempt at the world record for wedding engagements, and a pyrotechnic display in the form of three huge hearts (one surrounding the letters “STL”). By anyone’s standards, the event was going to be a night to remember. Then, a thin layer of ice came and covered everything, and forced the event’s organizer to postpone the Festival by four days. Uncertainty prevailed.

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Janet Henrichs

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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photograph by Theresa Harter

By the night of the rescheduled event, the temperatures had rebounded warmly. With the ice gone, the Burnin’ Love Festival was ready to rock, and so were the thousands of city residents in attendance.

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Janet Henrichs

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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photograph by Sarah Heyman

Four hours of entertainment followed, including performances by Pokey LaFarge, Steve Davies (as Elvis), the Royal Rythym and Blues All Stars. At the end of the night, a spectacular fireworks display capped the memorable evening.

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photograph by Captured N Time

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Billy Sukoski

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Author: Jason Gray

Jason Gray is a photographer in St. Louis who specializes in objective documentation.

One thought on “Mini-Flood 16: Burnin’ Love Festival

  1. Pingback: stl250 | PHOTO FLOOD SAINT LOUIS

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