Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is historically known for the carnival celebrations that take place the night before Ash Wednesday, when fasting for the Lent season of the Catholic church begins. Masks, costumes and decadence are to be reveled and exhausted by party-goers who are encouraged to eat, drink and be merry all day and all night long.
Wondering where to go for some Mardi Gras fun in San Diego?
The biggest event in San Diego this Fat Tuesday takes place in downtown at the 17th Annual Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Celebration. The festivities commence at 6pm til midnight and feature live entertainment including a circus-style parade filled with masked go-go dancers, a DJ to encourage dancing in the streets, appetizing food offerings and all sorts of beverages to keep you going all night long! Tickets are available for $20 presale and $25 the day of the event on gaslamp.org and at the door.
The Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Fair will also be hosting Mardi Gras madness from 6pm to 11pm on University Avenue between 1st and 4th Avenues. Visitors can look forward to live music, games, a variety of food and a full bar within the enclosed Mardi Gras area. Tickets are available for $15 before and $20 the day of online at www.HillcrestMardiGras.org.
If you’re looking to celebrate Mardi Gras by indulging in spicy and savory Cajun cuisine, look no further than Mardi Gras Café and Marketplace in Midway. Their signature variety of hot sauces provide the perfect addition to heat up your palate when trying their zesty New Orleans inspired dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, fried fish with red beans and rice. Gulf Coast Grill in Normal Heights offers Louisiana style Creole food with French, Latin American, Spanish and Caribbean influences. Start with fried green tomatoes and savory hush puppies, but save room for their seafood gumbo that will really put you in the southern Mardi Gras spirit.
Which event are you going to attend? Do you like to party, dance or just eat for Fat Tuesday? Is there anywhere else in San Diego to celebrate Mardi Gras? Let us know, below!