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   St. Louisans are getting geared up for one of the rites of spring....Mardi Gras.  Finishing touches are being put on the floats this week as Krewes get ready for Saturday's parade.  

   The festivities officially kicked off with the Taste of Soulard and Sunday's Pet Parade.

   The party continues with the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball at City Hall this Friday night and then the Parade on Saturday.  

   The Fat Tuesday Parade will wrap up the pre-Lenten celebration when it marches down Washington Ave. on March 4.

   St. Louis' annual Mardi Gras celebration is one of the largest in the nation.

   A complete schedule of events, along with parking information and parade routes can be found at the St. Louis Mardi Gras website.

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