ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-The Mardi Gras Grand Parade is here. The area's biggest celebration steps off at 11:00am Saturday with floats, bands, and tons of beads! The route runs from roughly Busch Stadium to the Anheuser Busch Brewery. The weather will cooperate, with the expected winter storm holding off until after the big celebration.
It is all part of the nation's second largest Mardi Gras celebration and it is right here in St. Louis. The Regional Chamber and Growth Association estimated the festival’s economic boom to the area at over $23 million.
This year special Mardi Gras flags will be sold during the celebration.
The party will go on, of course, after the parade and includes two free concerts. “Eve Six” performs at 2 p.m. and “Everclear” performs at 3:30 p.m.
Organizers remind: cans, coolers, bottles and backpacks won’t be allowed. You can bring your own drinks, as long as they are in an open plastic cup.
You can also get information by using the Mardi Gras App
Metro is offering a special MetroBus shuttle service for Mardi Gras revelers to safely and conveniently get in and out of Soulard for Saturday’s Grand Parade. The special buses will operate from 9am – 11pm between Soulard & the Civic Center MetroLink Station, located at the corner of 14th Street and Spruce Street Downtown. The shuttles will run every 15 minutes and will drop off and pick up in Soulard on Carroll Street between Menard & 10th Streets. Roundtrip passes can be purchased on Saturday, starting at 9am at the Civic Center MetroLink Station.