This week I want to focus on St. Louis’ Mardi Gras fun. For the next two weekends Mardi Gras revelers will pour into the Soulard and Downtown neighborhoods to celebrate the season. I welcome our visitors and hope they have a good time and enjoy the activities. But I also encourage them to respect the fact that Soulard and Downtown are City residential neighborhoods and to act responsibly towards the residents and their property.
Mardi Gras, Inc., which puts on the annual St. Louis Mardi Gras events, does a great job making sure that things go smoothly, that visitors have fun, and that security measures are in place. Underage and excessive drinking are perennial problems at the Soulard celebration. To address those issues, Mardi Gras volunteers receive TIPS (Training through Intervention Procedures) safety training so that citations for drunken driving and other minor infractions are kept to a minimum. For the Grand Parade on March 5, you might want to consider using Metro. There will be additional MetroLink service that day and Metro will operate a shuttle from 14th and Spruce near the
Below are details about some of the fun events planned in the City this weekend. These activities offer an opportunity to spend leisure time with family and friends, to explore neighborhoods new to you, and to make new acquaintances. So I encourage you to stop by and take advantage of them. See you in the neighborhood!
Fundraiser for Young Ambassadors for Nonviolence
Bevo Area Community Improvement Corporation will hold a Trivia Night on Friday, Feb. 25 at
Garden Design Workshop
Gateway Greening will hold a free workshop on Designing Your Garden at on Saturday, Feb. 26 at their offices, 2201
Mardi Gras Festivities
The Soulard Mardi Gras Run for Your Beads 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 from13th and Lynch (near the
Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27 from to at participating establishments in Soulard. Booklets contain seven taste tickets so attendees can sample six signature dishes and one taste of Southern Comfort. Either stroll through Soulard or use the free trolley service (Saturday).
The 18th Annual Purina Beggin’ Pet Parade will be Sunday, Feb. 27. Registration begins at and the parade steps off at from the corner of Allen & Menard in the Soulard neighborhood. Registration fee to be in the parade is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Open Door Animal Sanctuary, a local shelter. You do not want to miss one of the largest pet parades in the world.
The 17th Annual PetSmart Wiener Dog
For more information on all the St. Louis Mardi Gras events, visit http://www.stlmardigras.org/ .
Black History Month Activities
In celebration of Black History Month, the
The St. Louis Public Library Annual Black History Month Keynote Address will take place at Sunday, Feb. 27 at Christ Church Cathedral,
Coffee & Conversation Forum
The Department of Public Safety’s City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) provides free emergency alert service through Nixle (http://www.Nixle.com/) . When you register for the service, you will receive our informative and timely text messages on your cell phone and/or as e-mails on your computer. Visit the Nixle website and sign up for the free service today. If you have any comments about the service, please let me know.
Will you be having an event in your neighborhood that we can support? If so, either e-mail the information about it to me at email@example.com or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org .
And remember, if you see something in the neighborhood that just doesn’t look right, REPORT IT!
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