ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is asking Mardi Gras participants to be aware of traffic and parking restrictions, liquor laws, and other regulations.
The Mardi Gras Grand Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9 at 7th Street and Cerre and travel south on 7th to Chouteau, east on Chouteau to Broadway, south on Broadway to 7th Street and continue south on 7th Street, ending at Sidney.
PDF: Mardi Gras Grand Parade route
Parking will not be allowed along the route. Any vehicles parked along the route will be towed.
Vehicles will not be allowed in the Red Zone of Soulard, which is marked by the following streets: Marion on the north, Broadway on the east, Shenandoah from Broadway to 11th and Ann from 11th to I-55 on the south and I-55 on the west.
The Yellow Zone will be open to permit parking only. Any vehicle parked without a permit will be ticketed or towed. This zone is bound by the following streets: Ann from I-55 to 11th and Shenandoah from 11th to Broadway on the north; 7th Street on the east; Lynch on the south; and I-55 on the west.
The following streets will also be all or partially closed on Saturday: 6th Street from Cerre to Gratiot, Clark from 8th to Broadway, and the entire Red Zone.
The route of the Grand Parade will be closed until Sunday evening.
GUIDE: Mardi Gras Guide
The Fat Tuesday Parade will be held Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. It begins at Broadway and Washington Avenue and will travel to North 14th Street and Washington.
During the Fat Tuesday Parade, Washington Avenue will be closed between Broadway and North 14th Street. Parking will not be allowed along the route. Anyone who parks along the route will be towed.
The parade will stage on Broadway between Convention and Washington and will disband north on 14th Street to Cole and east on Cole to Lumiere Place. These roads will not be blocked, but there will be delays.
Mardi Gras attendees are not allowed to bring backpacks, coolers, bottles or cans into the Mardi Gras festivities area. Checkpoints will be established along the perimeter of the Soulard neighborhood.
All attendees must be at least 21-years-old to consume alcohol. There will be undercover officers and city excise agents monitoring the area for underage drinking. Anyone who uses fake identification will be cited and subject to arrest.
Portable toilets will be set up in the festival area. Anyone caught urinating in public will also be subject to arrest. Lewd and indecent conduct is also prohibited.