Looking Back: Float Designs for the 1929 VP Parade
The Veiled Prophet (VP) parade has been an iconic St. Louis event for over 130 years. Inspired by the Mardis Gras festivities in New Orleans, the Veiled Prophet Organization (a group of St. Louis businessmen) launched the parade and related pageantry to boost interest in the city's week-long harvest festival. The first VP parade took place in October 1878 and featured floats purchased from New Orleans Mardis Gras organizers. In later years, artists designed floats specifically for the St. Louis parade. One of these artists was Oscar Berninghaus, who served as designer for the VP Parade from 1929 until the 1940s.
Click through the gallery below to see some of Berninghaus's watercolor designs for 1929's parade floats. The theme that year was "Traditions of St. Louis."
—Jen Tebbe, Editor