Mardi Gras St. Louis Bud Light Grand Parade
If you’re attending, 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 2015 Grand Parade is February 14 at 11 a.m. The parade begins just south of Busch Stadium and winds through the streets of Downtown South and Soulard to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. View the Map.
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. 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, Molly’s and Llywelyn’s Pub.
Bud Light Block Party:
Funky Butt Brass Brand
9th & Geyer Stage: 1:30 p.m.
7th & Geyer Stage: 1:30 p.m.
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 is the most convenient way to get from your neighborhood to Foulard while avoiding the hassles of traffic, street closures and Parking. will once again, be offering a shuttle to and from St. Louis Mardi Gras in Soulard. A special Mardi Gras shuttles provided by Metro St. Louis will operate every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between the Civic Center MetroLink Station (at the corner of 14th and Spruce Streets) to 10th Street in the Soulard neighborhood, in the heart of the action by the Soulard Farmer’s Market. The cost of a round-trip shuttle ticket is $6, and they can be purchased on Saturday at the Civic Center MetroLink Station.
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/County Cab operating from 10 and Marrion or Laclede Cab operating at 1919 South Broadway, next to the Bud Light Block Party Stage at 7th and Geyer.