Colorful Mardi Gras beads

Preparations Underway for Mardi Gras Grand Parade Day

February 06, 2018 - 7:07 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Officials are urging residents to come down to the big Mardi Gras parade in Soulard this Saturday -- but to leave their cars at home.
Metro will operate a special Mardi Gras shuttle that will run every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., with $6 round-trip passes being sold at the Civic Center Station downtown.
Revelers are being told to arrive early, and reminded that backpacks, bottles, coolers and cans are all banned from the parade route.

Outdoor liquor sales on Grand Parade Day will end at 7 p.m.
1,500 Porta Potties will be set up throughout Soulard, and police will be handing out tickets for those who are caught not using them.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden says he'll have both uniformed and undercover officers throughout the festival zone, along with crime surveillance cameras to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Mardi Gras Foundation president Mac Bradley says Grand Parade Day has become the biggest event on the city's annual calendar.

"Mardi Gras as a whole - not just Grand Parade Day, but all 12 events that we do all year long - generates about $23 million for the St. Louis regional economy, which is roughly the same as a World Series," he says.
The Mardi Gras Grand Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday. This year's theme is Celebrating 100 Years of the Muny.