Look Back: Mayor's Christmas Dinner
Date: 12/23/2010 Album ID: 1140256
Photos by St. Louis Post-Dispatach staff photographers
In 1933, newly elected St. Louis Mayor Bernard F. Dickmann, a New Deal Democrat, promised to provide hot holiday food for 25,000 people. The first "Mayor’s Christmas Party" fed 26,773 people Dickmann insisted the event be renamed "The Citizens’ Dinner," but the original stuck. For six lean years of the Depression, the mayor’s Christmas dinners served 260,000 meals.