ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Mardi Gras is quickly approaching, and events have already started.
PHOTOS: Soulard Mardi Gras 2013
The 12th Night celebration kicked off the festivities January 6 with a fireworks display at Johnny's in Soulard.
Here are the 2013 Mardi Gras events:
January 12: Snowman Softball Tournament
This event benefits the Police Athletic League. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. there will be music playing all day and big screen TVs showing the action. There is a $150 entry fee.
January 19: Fifth Third Bank Family Winter Carnival
This winter carnival begins at 11 a.m. at 8th and Lafayette. Attendees can decorate masks, crowns, and make their own beads. Many more fun events are scheduled, including appearances by the Rally Squirrel and Fred Bird. At 4 p.m. a children's parade will be led through the streets.
January 25: Wine, Whiskey, & Beer Taste
A wide variety of beers, wines, and whiskeys will be available from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the St. Louis City Hall Rotunda. Click here to purchase a ticket.
January 26: Crystal Cajun Cook-Off
This cook off will feature 10 professional and 10 amateur chefs competing for the best Cajun/Creole dish. The event is from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the St. Louis City Hall Rotunda. Click here to purchase a ticket.
February 2: Supplement Superstores Run For Your Beads 5K
The Mardi Gras Run For Your Beads 5K will be held at 9 a.m. in Soulard. The course begins and ends at 13th and Lynch. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on race day.
February 2 & 3: Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard
The Taste of Soulard will feature dishes from restaurants and pubs in Soulard from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Taste tickets are available in the ticket booklet that can be purchased in advance at participating restaurants or the Mardi Gras Inc. office. They will also be available on Taste day.
February 3: Beggin' Barkus Pet Parade
The 19th annual Pet Parade will take off at 1 p.m. at Menard and Allen. Registration and a gathering will begin at 10 a.m. It is $10 to register to participate, and all proceeds benefit the Open Door Animal Sanctuary.
February 3: PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby
This event is free to watch. Those who would like to enter their Dachshund can register for $10. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Soulard Market Park. Participants can also register online.
February 9: River City Casino Grand Parade
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Busch Stadium and ends at Anheuser-Busch. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot on the route to watch the parade.
PDF: Mardi Gras parade route map
February 9: Bud Light Party Tent
The tent will be catered by Joanie's To-Go from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with an open bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. Ticket holders will also have access to a private bank of port-a-potties.
February 9: Transportation options
PARKING: there is a parking lot at 3rd Street and Sidney. Parking is $25 for all day and night. Parking on Lacelede's Landing is also available.
METRO TRANSIT: Metro Transit will have special MetroBus shuttle service for those going to the parade in Soulard. Passes will be valid from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. and will be available for $5. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes and will drop off and pickup riders at 10th Street and Marion near Soulard Market. The special pass must be purchased in order to ride the shuttle.
Passes will be available to purchase in advance for $5 at the MetroRide store at 7th Street and Washington Avenue downtown. They will also be available the day of the parade at the following Metro Transit locations: North Hanley, Delmar Loop, Central West End, Skinker, University City-Big Bend, Clayton, Brentwood, Shrewsbury, Grand, Civic Center, East Riverfront, 5th and Missouri, Fairview Heights, Memorial, Swansea, College and Shiloh-Scott.
PDF: Metro shuttle map
COUNTY/YELLOW CAB: The safest way to get to and from Soulard for Mardi Gras is with a taxi cab. County/Yellow Cab has the official cab stand, located at 10th Street and Marion, just across the footbridge from Soulard Market.
POLICE: Mardi Gras guidelines
Parking in the Red Zone is prohibited. Anyone parking in the Yellow Zone must have a permit. Parking will not be allowed along the Grand Parade route. Any cars parked along the route will be towed.
Underage drinking will not be tolerated. There will be undercover officers and city excise agents monitoring the area for underage drinking. Anyone who uses a fake ID will be cited and subject to arrest.
Public urination will not be tolerated, and violators will be subject to arrest. Portable toilets will be set up throughout the area for the convenience of festivity participants.
Backpacks, coolers, bottles or cans will not be allowed in the Mardi Gras festivities area. Checkpoints will be established along the perimeter of the Soulard neighborhood.
February 12: Lumiere Place Fat Tuesday Parade
The annual Fat Tuesday Parade will begin at 7 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Broadway. This is the 11th year for the fun parade.
MORE MARDI GRAS INFORMATION
- Parking information and maps
- Sign up to enter the Grand Parade
- Dos & Don'ts of Mardi Gras
- Sign up to volunteer for Mardi Gras festivities
PAST MARDI GRAS CELEBRATIONS
- PHOTOS: 2012 Soulard Mardi Gras
- PHOTOS: 2012 Beggin' Strips Pet Parade
- PHOTOS: 2011 Soulard Mardi Gras
- PHOTOS: 2011 Downtown St. Louis Fat Tuesday Parade
- PHOTOS: 2010 Soulard Mardi Gras
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