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Mardi Gras Preview 2011

The Soulard Mardi Gras flag.
(via Mardi Gras, Inc.)
The Soulard Mardi Gras flag.

Large crowds are expected to converge on the Soulard neighborhood tomorrow for Mardi Gras festivities.

The party – which some say is among the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country – gets underway with River City Casino Grand Parade at 11 a.m. tomorrow. St. Louis Police Captain Sam Dotson says the department will have two shifts of about 200 officers working Mardi Gras.

“Inside of that number, we’re going to have about 30 plain clothes police officers and four people from the city’s excise commissioners that are focusing specifically on underage drinking," Dotson said. "Over the last couple of years we’ve done a lot of good work through education and enforcement to try to curb that underage drinking.”

Dotson says police officers will also be watching for incidents of public urination and lewd conduct at Mardi Gras.

You can find public transportation information from Metro here, too.

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