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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