Here's what you need to know if you are going to Mardi Gras in S -

Here's what you need to know if you are going to Mardi Gras in Soulard

Spectators enjoy the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade. (Credit: Zach Dalin/KMOV) Spectators enjoy the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade. (Credit: Zach Dalin/KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

Mardi Gras weekend will offer lots of fun, but the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the City of St. Louis want to remind residents and visitors of safety rules that apply to the Grand Parade Day on Saturday.

Police will have a heavy presence with officers serving in uniform and undercover. SLMPD has also installed real-time cameras on the parade route and at festivities around the St. Louis area.

Metro Shuttle

Although there is ample parking available, Metro Transit will offer a shuttle bus that operates every 15 minutes and will make a continuous loop between the Busch Stadium MetroLink Station and 10th Street between Carroll and Marion Streets.

Those who do drive are urged to park in well-lit, populated areas and conceal valuables. Firearms are encouraged to be left at home and not in vehicles.

Parade Details

The Mardi Gras Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. It will start at 7th Street and Cerre and proceed south on 7th and Chouteau, east on Chouteau to Broadway, south on Broadway until the 7th Street merge and continue south on 7th Street until it ends on Sidney. No parking is allowed on the parade route and any vehicles obstructing the parade route will be towed. 

Closed Roads

There will be no vehicle access in the “red zone” of Soulard. This area is marked by the following streets: Marion on the North, Broadway/7th Street on the East, Ann from Broadway to Dolman and Ann from Boradway/7th Street to Interstate 55 on the South and Interstate 55 on the west. The “yellow zone” of Soulard is restricted to parking by permit only. Any vehicles without permits will be subject to ticketing and towing.

The "yellow zone" to the north of Soulard is bound by the following streets: Hickory Place between Tucker and Broadway on the North; Interstate 44 on the South and East; Tucker between Interstate44/55 and Hickory Place on the West. 

The "yellow zone" to the south of Soulard is bound by the following streets: Ann between Dolman and Broadway/7th to the North; Broadway between Ann and Lynch on the East; Lynch between S Broadway and 13th on the South; Interstate 55 on the West. 

For all or portions of the day, the following streets will be closed: 6th Street from Cerre to Gratiot, Clark from 8th to Broadway and the entire “red zone” mentioned above. The entire route of the Grand Parade will also be closed until Saturday evening.

Safety Information 

Attendees of Mardi Gras are prohibited from bringing backpacks, coolers, bottles or cans into the festival area. This includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be perimeter checkpoints throughout the Soulard neighborhood. 

Undercover officers and CityExcise agents will be monitoring the area for underage drinking. Anyone under the age of 21 consuming alcoholic beverages and/or using false identification will be cited and subject to arrest.

There will be portable toilets in the festival area. Anyone engaging in public urination will be subject to arrest. Persons engaging in lewd and indecent conduct or any other violations of the law will also be subject to arrest.

Attendees are also reminded of ordinances and safety risks associated with roof top parties. Gathering on roof tops can potentially result in injuries to those on roofs and to those on the ground. Police will work closely with the City Building Commissioner to ensure roof tops are free of public attractions including bands, disc jockey’s and bead tossing.

For more information on this year's event, click here.

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