Friday, February 8, 2013

Celebrate Mardi Gras Responsibly

The City of St. Louis is home to one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country, second only to New Orleans.   Each year, thousands of visitors from all over the country participate in this great event.

Showcased in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood is this weekend’s Grand Parade.  Our department has spent several months preparing for this weekend and we are confident that we are ready for a safe and enjoyable day. 

We will be out in full force with both uniform and undercover officers keeping our streets safe and ensuring that everyone has a fun celebration.

But we need your help too. We ask that you remember your Mardi Gras Do’s and Don’ts.
·        Do plan for parking and have a transportation plan.  Metro will have shuttles throughout the day and the Taxicab Commission has maximum staffing for anyone attending. 
·        Do dress for the weather.  St. Louis weather changes often so make sure you are dressed appropriately for the event.
·        Don’t bring a cooler to the event.  There are checkpoints into Mardi Gras and coolers will not be allowed in.
·        Don’t drink if you are under 21.
·        If you are over 21 drink responsibly.
·        Don’t trespass and don’t vandalize anyone’s property.

Remember Soulard is a great vibrant neighborhood and the residents take pride in their homes. .

And lastly for those parking in the area remember not to leave valuables in plain sight.  Events like this are prime opportunities for thieves.  Help us do our job by securing your valuables.  This includes any weapon. If you have a handgun please leave it at home.  Remember a legal gun, once stolen, becomes an illegal gun and has the potential to be used in another crime.  

St. Louis has a lot of great things to offer...enjoy Mardi Gras, but be responsible.  

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