Soulard Mardi Gras Grand Parade Weekend

Thursday January 31, 2013

Are you attending Soulard Mardi Gras River City Casino Grand Parade this weekend in St. Louis? If you are, here is everything you will need to know before you head down to one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations around. With all the events leading up to the Soulard Mardi Gras, the Grand Parade is by far the most popular. Each year, thousands of Mardi Gras revelers fill the streets of Soulard to see all the floats and catch some beads.

When and Where:
The 2013 Grand Parade is February 9 at 11 a.m. The parade begins at Busch Stadium, makes its way south along 7th Street and ends at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

What You’ll See:
The Grand Parade is all about the elaborate floats built by dozens over several months leading up to the grand parade. The theme for the 2013 parade is Carnival Comics. Attendees on most floats throw beads, candy and other prizes to parade watchers. If you want the best view of the floats, in my opinion find a spot along the parade route as close as possible and get there early. By the time the parade is about to start, the crowd could be 20-30 people deep or more in some places.

After the Parade:
The Grand Parade is just the beginning of a day-long Mardi Gras party in Soulard. Many of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants serve up food and drink specials and live music all day. As you stroll around Soulard you will find street vendors that will be selling food and drinks and many of Soulard’s resturants will be open like McGurk’s or Molly’s.

Where to Park:
Parking is very restricted in Soulard on the day of the Grand Parade, so you’ll either have to park in an adjoining neighborhood and walk, or take the shuttles running between Soulard and other parts of the city. Metro St. Louis will once again, be offering a shuttle to and from St. Louis Mardi Gras in Soulard. If you can avoid it don’t bother with the traffic and parking, let them drive you! Metro will be running a shuttle from the Civic Center Metrolink Station located at the corner of South 14th St. and Spruce St. in Downtown St. Louis. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes and will drop off and pick up riders at 10th St. and Marion St near the Soulard Farmers Market. It costs $5 for a round-trip ticket and will run from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Another option is to park at Laclede’s Landing and take the free shuttle from the Landing to Soulard. The Laclede’s Landing shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. And finally, you might consider a taxi. You can also take a Yellow Cab by calling them ahead of time to order it and get dropped then return to the taxi stand at 10th and Marrion near Soulard Farmers Market to get a ride home. Their telephone number is (314) 993-8294

Sources: Mardigrasinc.com and stlouis.about.com

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