Entertainment & Events
Mardi Gras in San Diego
Mardi Gras is approaching, and on February 16, 2010, the Gaslamp Quarter will host a variety of events aimed at celebrating the historic tradition that embraces indulgences of all kinds. While this might not be New Orleans, San Diego sure holds its own when it comes to food, drinks, and beads.
Kicking off the celebrations will be two spectacular Masquerade Parades that will run up 5th Avenue. The parades will feature colorful floats, cars, and beads and will run at both 7:30pm and 10 pm, rain or shine. And the parades are only the start. There will be seven stages throughout the Quarter with entertainment lounges and a series of ten DJ’s and live bands.
The entertainment lineup for the night will include shows from street performers, dancers, magic and cirque, and of course crazy carnival games. There will also be restaurants, clubs, and bars decorated for the occasion, serving drinks, and inviting you to party at their location.
And while “winging it” will surely prove fun, walking around the Quarter will cost $20 at the door. Be prepared; take advantage of all the remarkably affordable pre-sale packages that offer food, drinks, and VIP access for a flat fee. A visit to Gaslamp.org will give you access to packages that take the all the guesswork out of your Fat Tuesday festivities. If you buy your tickets pre-sale, $15 will give you access to the celebrations where you can enjoy the floats, stages, music, and beads. If you’re looking to indulge a little more a $38 VIP ticket will not only give you access to the celebration but also give you no cover VIP access to 13 clubs (923, Belo, Sin Nightclub, and Red Circle, to name a few), six “welcome shots,” VIP access for your next club visit, and food and drink specials valued at $500.
If you’re looking to celebrate Mardi Gras with a special someone or close friends, there are also affordable dinner packages for $30 that not only get you access to the festivities ($20 value at the event) but also a $20 voucher for a restaurant of your choice. Restaurants include: Blue Pointe Costal Cuisine, Dicks Last Resort, Greystone Steakhouse, Cucina Costana, and Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge among many others. If you decide to buy the dinner package be sure to buy pre-sale on the website and call the restaurant to make reservations for the day, February 16, starting at 6pm.
Be prepared and save some money by pre-ordering tickets to whatever package best complements your plans for the night.