Going to Mardi Gras in Soulard? Here's everything you need to kn - KMOV.com

Going to Mardi Gras in Soulard? Here's everything you need to know

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A float in the Mardi Gras parade. Credit: KMOV A float in the Mardi Gras parade. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s Mardi Gras parade in Soulard.


The Bud Light Grand Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Busch Stadium and end at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery around 1 p.m. The parade will travel through the streets of Downtown 

Nearly 100 floats will be participating in year’s parade. The theme of the parade is ‘Celebrating #Muny100.’

After 10 a.m., no one will be able to cross the street along the Bud Light Grand Parade Route. The only crosswalks that will be available to pedestrians are located at Russell and Lafayette.


Ample parking will be available in downtown St. Louis for the event.

Shuttles will operate every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. between the Stadium MetroLink Station, located at the corner of 8th and Spruce Streets, to 10th Street in the Soulard neighborhood. The cost of a roundtrip shuttle ticket is $6.

Parade organizers advise anyone planning to park East of Broadway to be at their tent no later than 10 a.m. to make sure they have access to cross over Broadway.

Parking in Soulard will be restricted to residents who display a parking/access pass. Any vehicle without a pass will be ticketed and towed.

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 rooftop parties. Gathering on rooftops 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 rooftops are free of public attractions including bands, disc jockeys and bead tossing.

What to do with beads after the parade?

More than 17 million beads will fly during the Bud Light Grand Parade. After the parade, beads can be dropped off in a marked five-gallon bucket at the following locations:

  • Soulard Farmers Market
  • Joanie’s and Joanie’s To Go
  • Shameless Grounds
  • Great Grizzly Bear


Below is a map that shows the parade route, road closures and parking restrictions: 

Click here for more details about the parade, bead recycling or parking and street closures.

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