ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOX) — Mardi Gras organizers are putting the final touches on this weekends Mardi Gras festivities.
The Mardi Gras Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18. It starts at 7th Street and Cerre and it will proceed south on 7th to Chouteau, east on Chouteau to Broadway, south on Broadway until the 7th Street merge and finally continue south on 7th Street until it ends at Sidney.
Organizers warn there is no parking along the parade route and any vehicles obstructing the parade route will be towed.
There will also be no vehicle access or parking in the “red” zone of Soulard.
This area is marked by the following streets: Marion on the North, Broadway on the East, Shenandoah from Broadway to 11th and Ann from 11th to I-55 on the South and I-55 on the west.
The “yellow zone” of Soulard is restricted to parking by permit only. Any vehicles without permits will be subject to ticketing and towing.
The “yellow zone” is bound by the following streets: Ann from I-55 to 11th and Shenandoah from 11th to Broadway on the North; 7th Street on the East; Lynch on the South; I-55 on the west. The “yellow zone” also includes the area of Soulard that is north of I-55. That area is bound by the I-55,
Tucker and Park.
For all or portions of the Saturday the following streets will be closed: 6th Street from Cerre to Gratiot, Clark from 8th to Broadway and the entire “red zone” as defined in the above paragraph. The entire route of the Grand Parade will also be closed until Sunday evening.
Persons attending 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.
Those attending Mardi Gras events are also reminded that the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages is 21. Undercover officers and City Excise agents will be monitoring the area for underage drinking. Anyone found to be using false identification will be cited and subject to arrest.
The Fat Tuesday Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21.
The parade starts at Broadway and Washington Avenue and will proceed to North 14th Street and Washington where it ends. Washington Avenue will be closed between Broadway and North 14th Street.
There is no parking along the parade route and any vehicles obstructing the parade route will be towed.
The staging area for the parade will be on Broadway between Convention and Washington.
The parade will disband north on 14th Street.
Those roads will not be blocked but anyone in the area should be aware there will be significant delays as the parade disbands.