Don’t feel like facing the masses in the Gaslamp District to celebrate Mardi Gras…but still want to get your party on? Well head on over to Hillcrest for another big (but not as big) San Diego Mardi Gras celebration. The 11th annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Party celebration will be held on Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (yes that is tonight) from 6-11pm, on University Avenue between First and Fourth Avenues. The Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Party has grown steadily over the years, selling out in the VIP tent 2 years in a row. The Hillcrest event offers San Diegans an opportunity to celebrate and experience Mardi Gras without spending a huge amount of money. Over the last decade the event has raised $160,000 for neighborhood improvements and LGBT Youth Scholarships.
The Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Party promises to be another fun-filled evening featuring food, live entertainment, costumes and of course, beads! This year the event will feature a huge dance stage where a nightclub feel will be recreated on the streets of Hillcrest. Rich’s will be bringing their brilliant DJ line up, premier staging, and fierce dance energy to the heart of Mardi Gras this year. There will be plenty of alcohol available to quench your thirst… thus being said, Hillcrest Mardi Gras remains a 21 and up age event.
Advance ticket price is $15 advance (or $20 day of) and $50 advance (or $75 day of) for a V.I.P. Pass which includes express entry, private reception area, and private bathrooms. Tickets are available at the following Hillcrest area locations: Baja Betty’s at 1421 University Avenue; Urban Mo’s at 308 University Avenue; Obelisk Bookstore at 1029 University Avenue; and online.
So if your not taking your tush on over to the Gaslamp, think about checking out this Hillcrest celebration as Fat Tuesday is your last night of indulgence for 40 days! And even if you don’t observe lent…. think of this as just another excuse to party!