Mardi Gras Celebration Set to Begin

Brett Blume @brettblumekmox

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s Mardi Gras weekend in St. Louis and business owners all throughout Soulard are indeed ready to “Let the Good Times Roll” even with the promise of wicked winter weather.

Denny Hammerstone with Hammerstone’s bar at 9th and Russell says he’s counting on a large crowd.

“I started about 3 months ago. Started lining up a lot of my suppliers. This is my 18th Mardi Gras so we’re ready to go,” he says.

All up and down Russell Boulevard on Thursday, workers were out packing in case after case of frosty beverages and setting up other large-crowd “necessities”.

“Yeah, those porta-potties are very expensive. Please use them,” says Pattie Thomas with Joanie’s Pizzeria.

Across the street at Bastille, bartender Kevin Castleberry says they’re counting on a large, thirsty crowd this weekend.

“If it’s a good Mardi Gras, it can equal out the amount you can make in a whole year,” says Castleberry.

Things kick off with the Mayor’s Ball Friday night, then the Bud Light Grand Parade winds its way from Busch Stadium to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Saturday morning starting at 11.

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