The other star of THE OTHER GUYS, Will Ferrell gets interviewed by the local media as Wahlberg looks on.
An attendee takes a pic with boxing promoter Don King, who was in town during Fight Week for the Gateway to Greatness Fight, came through to the event.
The left-handed duo wasted no time wading into the crowd, who had endured extreme summer heat for hours, signing autographs and copies of DVDs. Some fans waved posters saying they had been there since 8 a.m. or asking Mark to marry them, while others brought cowbells, in honor of a notorious SNL skit.
The pair eventually made their way to a stage where they were given keys to the city by Mayor Francis Slay. Ferrell joked he was going to put it on a big gold chain. Wahlberg hugged it out with Ozzie Smith, who gave them each Cardinals jerseys emblazoned with No. 1 and their names.
Phil Trautwein of the St. Louis Rams showed up dressed from head to toe in costume as Buddy, Will Ferrell's character in "Elf" and was called up on stage. Numerous Rams and several Blues players attended the premiere, with mascots Fredbird and Rampage cavorting outside.
Wahlberg was asked why he doesn't look back at explosions in his movies. "Because I'm a bad-ass, man!" he answered as the crowd cheered.
They also joked about the weather, saying it had dropped from 109 to 104 degrees. Farrell, 43, who is about 6 ft. 3 in. tall, wore jeans and a Levi's plaid shirt, while the 5 ft. 9 in. Wahlberg, 39, wore a suit jacket and open-collared shirt.
Ferrell thanked everyone for the turnout. "It means so much. We're really proud of the movie," he said.
Harry Caray's daughter (Michelle McFadden )was a special guest of radio station KYKY (98.1 FM), one of the event sponsors. McFadden said she was a big fan of Ferrell. "He's awesome," she said, noting that she loved his impression of her father.