Take some tips from the party pros here at Mardi Gras. We've been doing this for a very, very long time, so we'd like to share some wisdom in order to make sure we all have the best Mardi Gras possible. We couldn't do this with your help, so help us respect your fellow merrymakers and those who live in Soulard so we can have the best Mardi Gras yet.
Take a shuttle, a taxi, a ride-share service, or have a DD.
Nobody knows what the weather is going to be like for any given Mardi Gras, and it can get cold. We've seen snowstorms, rain and sunshine, sometimes all in the same day. No matter what, the show must go on, so make sure to check the weather report before the parade and dress appropriately. When in doubt, dress in layers!
If you want to get a good spot, then make sure to show up early. You may even want to book a nearby hotel room for Friday and Saturday to eliminate parking hassles and ensure you have plenty of time. Several hotels offer shuttles to and from or provide access to plenty of cabs. Many of us will be fully decked out in eye-catching costumes comprised of our greenest greens, most royal purples and glittery golds. There will be more than enough people-watching opportunities. Heck, join in and dress up!
NO bottles, NO cans, NO backpacks and NO coolers are allowed at Mardi Gras in Soulard. For public safety reasons, these items are not allowed in the Soulard festival zone. If you do somehow manage to have these items in the festival zone, you will be asked to dispose of them immediately. These restrictions are necessary to maintain a safe environment in which we can all have fun. Help us create a safe and enjoyable Mardi Gras season this year.
Every year, undercover police officers, uniformed officers and state liquor control agents patrol Soulard on Grand Parade Day and Fat Tuesday. They maintain a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and are extremely efficient at recognizing offenders and arresting them immediately. If you are under 21 and drink at Mardi Gras, then you will be prosecuted and have an alcohol offense on your permanent record.
There are thousands of portable restrooms located throughout the festival zone. The police will ticket you for not using them. If you can’t find one, try opening your eyes. Please find a restroom.
As one of the oldest residential and entertainment districts west of the Mississippi, Soulard is recognized as a national historic jewel. Be respectful of the neighborhood and its residents.
Outdoor sales in Soulard end early at 7 p.m. Soulard’s bars and restaurants will remain open (inside) until 11:30 p.m.