St. Louis Mardi Gras is going all out for Mardi Gras this year as thousands of revelers from throughout the region prepare to descend on Soulard for the Bud Light Grand Parade on Saturday.
Beads will fly as 130 units including wildly decorated floats, marching bands and costumed walkers travel the 1.5-mile route from Busch Stadium to the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Soulard.
This years parade theme is 250 Cheers for St. Louis, reflecting the citys 250th birthday celebration, so krewes in Missouri and Illinois have decorated their floats accordingly. The grand marshal this year: The Anheuser Busch Clydesdales.
Many people will continue to party in Soulard bars and restaurants and on blocked-off streets throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. The street party features live music on two Bud Light stages, cold beverages and hot food.
Its free to watch the parade and the post-parade concerts on the two Bud Light stages. Eve 6 will perform from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ninth and Geyer stage. Everclear will rock the Seventh and Geyer stage from 3:30 to 5:30. Do not bring cans, coolers, bottles or backpacks to the party.
Kicking off this weekends festivities, Mayor Francis Slay will host the 12th annual Mayors Mardi Gras Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday night at St. Louis City Hall.
Partygoers dress in costume or creative black tie for the charity event. The $150 ticket price at the door includes live music, dancing, a cabaret dinner, open bar and valet parking. Dr. Zhivegas will provide the music.
St. Louis will wrap up the Mardi Gras fun with an exclamation point at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Light Up the Night TMobile Fat Tuesday Parade that begins at Washington and Broadway and goes west on Washington to 14th Street.
For more information, go to mardigrasinc.com .