Mardi Gras Security

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - Mardi Gras preps are underway for this weekend so we wanted to find out about security and cell phone service city police are gearing up for the massive crowds. FOX2 caught up with Verizon Wireless who says they installed three additional towers to help customers make their calls. Verizon along with other carriers placed them at various locations around Soulard, the towers can help callers get out in case of an emergency.

We also spoke to St. Louis city police about security measures and we’re told they have plenty of plain clothed and uniformed officers on the streets. To help visitors enjoy the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country.

As for the issue of porta potties there are at least 600 in the area to accommodate the more than 200,000 people expected over Soulard over the weekend. Police are focusing on underage drinking and parking enforcement. If caught urinating in public you can face a $ 150 dollar fine.