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St. Louis Police Will Have More Officers, Real-Time Cameras At Mardi Gras

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Parade goers plead for beads being thrown from floats during the St. Louis Mardi Gras parade in St. Louis  on February 9, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Parade goers plead for beads being thrown from floats during the St. Louis Mardi Gras parade in St. Louis on February 9, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department promises to have a significant police presence during Soulard Mardi Gras. According to a STLMPD news release, officers will be patrolling in both uniform and undercover capacities during the Grand Parade Day on Saturday, March 1 and the Fat Tuesday Parade Day on Tuesday, March 4.

The St. Louis police department has also installed real-time cameras in the footprint of the parade and festivities.

The Mardi Gras Grand Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1. The parade start point is 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. There is no parking along the parade route and any vehicles obstructing the parade route will be towed.

There will be no vehicle access 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 Service, Integrity, Leadership and Fair Treatment to All 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 day, 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.

The Fat Tuesday Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4. 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 to Cole and east on Cole to Lumiere Place. Those roads will not be blocked but anyone in the area should be aware there will be significant delays as the parade disbands.

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. For more information on this year’s event, visit www.stlmardigras.org.

Undercover officers and City Excise agents will be monitoring the area for underage drinking. Anyone under the age of 21 consuming alcoholic beverages and or using false identification will be cited and subject to arrest.

Attendees are also reminded of ordinances and safety risks associated with roof top parties. Gathering on roof tops can potentially result in injuries to those on roofs and to those on the ground. Police will work closely with the City Building Commissioner to ensure roof tops are free of public attractions including bands, disc jockey’s and bead tossing.

There will be portable toilets in the festival area. Anyone engaging in public urination will be subject to arrest. Persons engaging in lewd and indecent conduct or any other violations of the law will also be subject to arrest.

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