Upcoming St. Louis Events
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Mardi Gras Grand Parade
February 14, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
The Bud Light Grand Parade is the Midwest’s largest and most spectacular pre-Lenten celebration. The parade begins just south of Busch Stadium and winds through the streets of Downtown South and Soulard to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Krewes from over 100 floats will toss over 10,000,000 strands of beads and other sought-after goodies to celebratory masses gathered along the route.
After the parade, stick around to enjoy great entertainment activities including the Bud Light Concerts, High-Heeled Drag Race and Mardi Gras Games, live music at neighborhood venues, and post-parade street party and celebration held throughout Soulard.
TIPS FOR A SAFE & FUN PARADE DAY
- Arrive early. You may even want to book a nearby hotel room for Friday and Saturday to eliminate parking hassles and ensure that you are here with plenty of time to spare. Several hotels are in walking distance, offer shuttles to and from, or provide access to plenty of cabs.
- No cans, no coolers, no bottles, no backpacks. No exceptions. For public safety reasons, these items are not allowed in the festival zone. If you do somehow manage to have these items in the festival zone, you will be asked to dispose of them immediately. Note that plenty of reasonably priced food and beverage options can be found throughout the festival zone.
- Dress for the weather. St. Louis weather is notoriously fickle, so plan appropriately. The event happens rain or shine, and you’ll be on your feet a lot so wear comfortable shoes.
- Maximize your experience through an all-inclusive experience. Options include the Bud Light Party Tent and private tents in Hospitality Village, on the Parade Route. Several local establishments also offer all-inclusive deals.
- Use the port-a-potties. There are thousands of portable restrooms located throughout the festival zone. The police will ticket you for not using them.
- Don’t drive. Take the Metro, a shuttle, or a cab instead.
- Respect the neighborhood. As one of the oldest residential and entertainment districts west of the Mississippi, Soulard is recognized as a national historic jewel. Be respectful of the neighborhood and its inhabitants.