ST. LOUIS — Preparations are underway for Saturday’s Mardi Gras Grand Parade in Soulard.

The area is expecting thousands of people to line the streets. It’s the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration outside of the Big Easy.

Beginning Saturday at 3 a.m. through Sunday at 2 a.m. street parking is prohibited.

This is the first year people can take Ubers and Lyfts to the area. Metro will again be offering the St. Louis Metro shuttle. Those special shuttles will operate every 10 minutes starting at 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from the Civic Center Transit Center.

The big Mardi Gras celebrations though bring hangovers and headaches for some people who live there.

“Trash all over the place and stuff. Trying to keep my front place clean but that’s normal,” said Soulard resident Shandy Swartz.

Barbara Barchacuski has lived in the area for about 9 years. “I just can’t come and go. We’re kind of locked in.”

Barry Brown tells 5 On Your Side: “It used to be nice 30 years ago when it was more of a neighborhood thing but now it’s crazy. It’s overpriced.”

The parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Busch Stadium and heads through the streets of downtown south and Soulard to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery