Soulard Mardi Gras friends, please be careful about online misinformation and rumors about what we are doing/are not doing this year with Soulard Mardi Gras. This is always important, but given the major changes this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, accurate information is more important than ever. We will update this page as we learn about misleading or false information, so that we can address them in real time. If you hear a rumor about Soulard Mardi Gras 2021, feel free to send it to us at (address or link) so that we can address it here if it’s not right.
- Some of this misinformation has already arisen on Facebook with a false event claiming that we will have a mass-gathering Grand Parade as in normal years. To be clear, there will be no in-person parades in 2021. Because of public health concerns that are obvious to everyone by now, there will be no Soulard Mardi Gras mass-gathering events of any kind in 2021. We have reported this false event information and the user who posted it to Facebook, which quickly removed the event.
- We’ve also heard the rumor that MGI will be placing portable toilets in the neighborhood, as in prior years. This is not true. In fact, we are taking additional steps to address any issues unique to 2021, including minimizing the chance of large gatherings throughout the Mardi Gras season, but especially on Saturday, February 6 (the drive-thru Taste) and Saturday, February 13 (which would have been Grand Parade Day in a normal year). In an effort to not send mixed signals about what will be happening in Soulard, no portable restrooms will be placed in the neighborhood, no streets will be closed and no special parking programs will be in place on February 13. We take all these steps in a normal year, but since there will be no mass-gathering events we will not be creating the infrastructure to accommodate them. We are also working closely with the police to be ready to address any “pop up” crowds that may arise and we will have clean-up crews ready just in case we need them on the weekends of February 6 and 13.
We will continue to keep an eye on this sort of thing, but it takes a team effort, so let us know if you hear or see something and you want to check it out. Again, come back here or visit our social media channels—Facebook @STLMardiGras, Twitter @STLMardiGras and Instagram @STLMardiGras for reliable, accurate information on Soulard Mardi Gras 2021.