Have a Safe & Fun Mardi Gras Celebration
Tens of thousands of people will be in the Soulard neighborhood this weekend for Mardi Gras. The Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis has issued its reminder to participants and spectators about traffic details, parking restrictions, liquor laws and other regulations (see www.stlouis-mo.gov) and event organizers have their tips for revelers (see www.stlmardigras.org), but I would like to add my advice:respect property, know when to say when, and above all, have a great time with your friends and family.
Now through Mar. 2 -- Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat and Sportshow, America's Center & Edward Jones Dome, 5 p.m.
The 60th Annual
Feb. 28 – Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball, City Hall,
The Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball is the social event of the Carnivale season and will take place this Friday in one of St. Louis' most beautiful settings – City Hall. The ball is a unique evening of Mardi Gras-style creative formalwear, music, dancing, food and drink. The event benefits the Mardi Gras Foundation, which awards annual Soulard Community Improvement Grants. For ticket information and more details, visit the mardigrasinc.com web site.
Mar. 1 – 2014 Empowerment Conference, Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School,
The 2014 Empowerment Conference & Expo will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, located at 701 S. Spring Avenue in Grand Center. Attendees will be able to learn about various volunteer opportunities, participate in free seminars on a variety of topics, and enjoy some of our area's top musical artists and poets. Questions? Call (314) 446-5500.
Mar. 1 – Mardi Gras Bud Light Grand Parade, steps off just south of Busch Stadium,
Everyone is invited to line the route of one of the largest parades in the Midwest – the Mardi Gras Bud Light Grand Parade. This year the parade will step off at on Saturday from 7th Street and Cerre, near Busch Stadium, and will proceed south on 7th to Chouteau, east on Chouteau to Broadway, south on Broadway until the 7th Street merge and finally continue south on 7th Street until it ends at Sidney, near Anheuser-Busch. Join the hundreds of thousands of revelers along the parade route catching beads and other trinkets tossed by float riders. Then join in the post-parade party on the streets of Soulard, which will include culinary delights, live music and some of the best people watching of the year. For more information, visit the mardigrasinc.com web site.
Mar. 1 -- 2014 Mardi Gras, St. Joseph Croatian Catholic Church,
St. Joseph Croatian Catholic Church in Soulard will be joining in the Mardi Gras fun this Saturday from to Stop by for live entertainment, hot food and cold beverages. To learn more, call (314) 771-0958.
Mar. 2 – Silent Movie Screening, Second Presbyterian Church,
The silent movie, "Safety Last!" starring
cinema legend Harold Lloyd will be screened this Sunday at at Second Presbyterian Church, located at
Mar. 4 – T-Mobile Fat Tuesday Parade,
Get ready to catch some beads,
doubloons, and Tony Chachere mixes and seasonings as you line the route of the Light Up the Night Fat Tuesday Parade
in exciting Downtown St. Louis on Tuesday, March 4. The parade will step off at from Broadway and
Save the Date
March 6 – 9 – St. Louis 37th Annual Builders Home & Garden Show, America's Center, 10 a.m.
March 7 – Free Art Exhibition,
March 8 – Gateway Pet Guardians Adoption Event, Pets in the City,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Are You Weather-Ready?
Next week, people across the
country will observe National Severe
Weather Preparedness Week by taking steps to ensure that they and their
loved ones are prepared for severe weather whenever and wherever it
occurs. Do you know how to protect
yourself, family, pets and property from severe weather? There are actions everyone can take that can
help make a difference.1) Have a family
emergency plan and practice it. 2) Have an emergency preparedness kit. 3) Have at least one household member trained in first aid. 4) Keep
informed as the situation develops. To
learn more about weather safety, visit the weather.gov web site.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
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