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Thousands celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp District

Around Town: Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

SAN DIEGO – One of the longest running Mardi Gras parties on the West Coast took place in the Gaslamp quarters.  The 19th annual celebration was a sold out event with around 12,000 people expected.

“America’s finest city is giving America’s finest party,” said Queen Marie, Mardi Gras partier.

There were around 15 bands, six DJ’s and more than a hundred performers including a group from Sumara Pole.

“Pole fitness is kind of hard but it actually gets easier as you keep doing it,” said Christine Barett.  “I never thought I could do this but I’ve been doing it for a year.”

Party goers also enjoyed New Orleans style cuisine, everything from fried alligator tail to delicious crab cakes.  There wasn’t a parade this year but there were floats with dancers giving away cases of beads.  To get your beads all you had to do is flash a smile, not a body part.

“The girls threw them down to us because they are nice and cute,” said a party goer.

It’s a tradition that no matter where you are, people celebrating in the Gaslamp district felt right at home.

3 comments

  • RME

    It was the worst Mardi Gras to date. One bus and one rental truck don't count as floats. Especially when they are not floating down the street. $50 tickets ruined this event.

  • Steve Cristini

    It was such a lame block event. Article says "The 19th annual celebration was a sold out event with around 12,000 people expected."There were hardly 200 people.There were more restroom than people .There were more number of cops than party goers.Who is gonna spent mind blowing 50$ to see Mardi Gras without Parade.Only 2 stationery floats.
    Article says "15 bands, six DJ’s and more than a hundred performers including a group from Sumara Pole. There were 3 bands and 2 DJ's One near to Hard rock hotel was the worst till 930pm.

    Event closed at 11pm with DJ Saying he didnt knew 11pm was a closing event.

    Regarding tickets ,touts made more money than event manager.I got a resident/employee pass from a tout for 20$ at 9pm and i live 15 miles away from downtown.

    God Bless those people who bought ticket for 40$

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