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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.