The City of St. Louis has unveiled its plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park.
Physical improvements would include completely enclosing the market, expanding parking options and adding signage that distinguishes venders that are selling locally grown food from vendors that are reselling produce or other food items.
The farmers market would be open all weekend, too.
Citing a survey indicating strong customer demand, the market would shift from being open Wednesday through Saturday to Thursday through Sunday.
One of the area’s biggest public parties of the year takes place in the Soulard neighborhood this weekend.
Organizers of the Mardi Gras celebration are expecting more than 100 units and 2000 people in the River City Grand Parade Saturday. It’s the 33rd year for the event, which has grown to become one of the largest Mardi Gras parties in the country. Spokesman Mack Bradley says they’ve worked hard to make sure the event is fun – and safe – for everyone.
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.