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.
We have worked with our friends at St. Louis Metro and Laclede's Landing to make sure you have ample opportunities to park Downtown with shuttle services just for you. Parking in Soulard is restricted to residents on Bud Light Grand Parade day and closed to vehicular traffic, including motorcycles and motorized scooters. Violators will be towed and forced to pay hefty fines to reclaim their vehicles.
Soulard residents: make sure you display your parking passes. If you have not received them by February 17, please contact us or stop by our offices at 2200 Dolman with proof of residence and proof of ownership of each vehicle.
Our local police help make sure everything goes smoothly and safely for everyone at the Bud Light Grand Parade. With so many things going on at once, they need your cooperation so they can act quickly and decisively when someone is in need. Since their jobs are hard enough as it is, please be nice and courteous. They just want everyone to have a good time, so let's help them have the best day possible, too, by cooperating and listening to what they have to say.
Mardi Gras is more than just one day: it's an entire season. Starting with 12th Night, we have something for everyone: Family Winter Carnival, Bacchanalian Ball, Cajun Cook-Off, Taste of Soulard, Missouri Lottery Run for Your Beads 5k, Purina Pet Parade, Wiener Dog Derby, Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball, Bud Light Party Tent, Blues Alumni Party Tent and Fat Bluesday.
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. 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 to laissez bon temps roulez!
NO bottles, NO cans, NO backpacks and NO coolers are allowed at Mardi Gras in Soulard. We will confiscate any of these items at all checkpoints entering the neighborhood and you will never, ever see them again. 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.
Please, choose from one of the over 1000 portable potties we have placed conveniently throughout the Soulard neighborhood. If you can't find a private restroom, then you simply are not trying hard enough. Police will issue anyone violating this indecent exposure ordinance a summons that will result in a court appearance and a maximum penalty of $500 and/or 90 days in jail. Is that really worth it just to pee in public? Please find a restroom.
It seems obvious, but we must remind everyone once again that Soulard is a neighborhood, just like the one you live in. These are people's homes, so please treat them respectfully. DO NOT enter anyone's home uninvited. DO NOT take a nap in someone's vehicle or cut through someone's backyard. Tresspassing is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a significant fine. Why not just join us at one of the many party tents, street spaces, bars and restaurants where the party is waiting for you?
This another obvious one, but nobody likes to have their belongings or property destroyed. This includes Soulard residents who are nice enough to host the world's second-largest Mardi Gras celebration. So let's be good guests and respect our hosts' property. No to mention that the penalty for vandalism is up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail.