San Diego Mardi Gras Guide

San Diego Mardi Gras Guide – Fat Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The terms “Mardi Gras” (pronounced /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), “Mardi Gras season”, and “Carnival season”,[1][2][3][4][5][6]in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins. From Wikipedia

If you practice lent or not, Mardi Gras in San Diego should be an exciting time. From the several events going on in the Gaslamp to the many food options available in San Diego, we can all “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” Let the Good Times Roll!

The Events

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter 6pm to Midnight 21+ Event 2 Parades 7:30 & 10pm Gate is at E Street and K Street

19th Annual SAN DIEGO BRAZIL CARNIVAL Sat March 5th, 2011 Downtown San Diego Doors Open at 8pm – Show starts at 8:30

This spectacular Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball will feature the Stunning Brazilian Singer Dandara, Beautiful & Sexy Samba Dancers, Electrifying Capoeira Performances, and Nonstop Brazilian Music. There will be fun, feathers, fantasy and much, much more… So come have the time of your life at one of the best Brazilian Carnivals on the West Coast!

Absolut Hillcrest Mardi Gras March 8th, 2011

Crawfish, wonderful Cajun food

The Food, experience Cajun creole food right here in San Diego

The Chateau San Diego Enjoy live Jazz during Brunch on Sundays, from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Mardi Gras Cafe & Marketplace Order your King Cake here!

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe Great American Food in the New Orleans manner

Gulf Coast Grill

My favorite place, and kid friendly!

New Orleans Creole Cafe Located at the Whaley house Garden, what a great atmosphere

Crab Hut Louisiana Crawfish Kitchen

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10 Fun things to do in SD

Friday, January 28th Edition

1. Get Relaxed…the New Year has been stress inducing, Massage Envy

2.  Attend a Zumba Party

3.  Try to Experience Opera in San Diego

4.  Farmers Insurance Open

5.  Got 80’s? A Mid-80s Nights Dream w/ Tributes to The Cure, INXS, R.E.M. Hosted by Steve West of 91x Saturday January 29th

6.  My new favorite place Currant American Brasserie, flavored popcorn, tater tots and Absinthe

7.  Disney on Ice “let’s Celebrate” @ the Sports Arena

8.  Whistle Stop Bar, Intriguing check it out “One nation under a Groove” on Saturday

9.  2011 Roughneck Rendezvous Geocaching Adventure and scavenger Hunt in Ocotillo Wells, Registration is Saturday from 7:00am to 9:30 am Call 760-767-5772

10.  Go to the Beach, hopefully it is sunny and warm!

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10 Fun things to do in SD

Friday, January 21st, 2011 Edition

1. Cowles Mountain Hiking is short but pretty intense on this hike, better than the stair climber in the gym.  A great way to see a different perspective of San Diego.

2.  DEPECHE MODE vs GARY NUMAN Tribute Show w/ TELEX CABARET Saturday at 9:00pm at the Satin Lounge Legendary DJ Steve West will also be there, 80’s night all the way!

3.  MONSTER JAM January 22nd See the Grave Digger and have a cray time!!!

4.  San Diego Restaurant Week

5.  Boomers, Play mini golf and go karts.

6.  Bowling, there are alot of cool places to go bowling.  Kearny Mesa Bowl (the old skool of Bowling lanes), East Village Tavern and Bowl

7.  The Plunge Indoor swimming

8.  San Diego Bay

9.  Ferry to Coronado Island

10.  Kid City at Reuben H. Fleet Science center

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10 Fun Things to do in SD

Friday, January 14th Edition

1. The Pearl Hotel, Dive in Theatre Poolside Lounge Theatre

2. Family Friendly Daddy-O’s Where locals go for great burgers is their Tag line

3. Watch The Green Hornet Movie in 3D

4. Skateworld, go Skating Family Fun $7.00 1:30-5:00pm

5. Bull’s Smokin BBQ..Dog friendly with a 15ft Projector screen on the Patio

6. Try some Crepes at French Creperie Cafe Fabrison’s

7. Mini Golf at Pelly’s by the beautiful Del Mar beach

8. Take a Brewery Tour

9. The Toughest Girl Alive, Moxie Theatre

10. Women’s Professional Football tryouts

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