SOULARD (KTVI)-Cloudy skies couldn’t stop thousands of people from heading down to Soulard early Saturday morning for the Mardi Gras Grand Parade. They wanted to claim the best seats for the parade hours before it began.
Metro transit made taking public transportation more attractive by offering a Mardi Gras Shuttle that would run every 15 minutes until 11 Saturday night. They offered customers a commemorative Mardi Gras Parade lanyard and a coupon for $2 off a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch. One roundtrip ticket was $5.
That was a lot cheaper than the average $250 tow fee. There are no parking signs all over Soulard and in parts of Downtown.
For young people trying to drink alcohol, police are ready.
“There will be plain clothed officers and enforcement of underage drinking,” warned St. Louis Police Major Jerry Leyshock.
Police also warned that public urination and indecent exposure would not be tolerated.
“Those guys are out in full force just making sure that everyone is behaving themselves,” explained Marc Mendolia of Mardi Gras, Inc. “We want to make sure that everyone is having a good time but we want to do it safely.”
The Grand Marshall this year is Mike Peters. He's the cartoonist behind “Mother Goose and Grim” and a St. Louis native.
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