Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Unmasks New Look for 2013 | 19th Annual Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Tuesday, February 12th

January 29, 2013

After nearly twenty years, San Diego’s longest running Mardi Gras street festival, Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, is shaking things up to debut an all new Fat Tuesday extravaganza unlike any that came before it. The 19th Annual Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, taking place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, will embrace the musical traditions that have been part of the Gaslamp Quarter story since the early 1900’s in the heart of Downtown San Diego, elevating the event to the next level in 2013, while continuing to give event goers lasting memories with new experiences.

Envision an immersive Mardi Gras celebration with an emphasis on a diverse live entertainment menu featuring an electrifying talent lineup ranging from local, regional and national zydeco, blues and rock bands, electronic and house music DJs, dance crews, acrobats and visual artists on four captivating stages. The Gaslamp Quarter Association is pleased to announce that they have partnered with the highly respected Belly Up Productions and Peter Oliver Productions (Gator by the Bay) to assist us in creating the new musical format that eclipses anything offered on the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter in many years. In an effort to have greater sensitivity to the community and traffic impacts, Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp will be opening and closing its gates an hour earlier in a more intimate setting at the south end of the Gaslamp Quarter from Market to L Streets. There will be light and art projections in elaborate and outrageous themes to create a whimsical atmosphere through the venue to plunge Mardi Gras revelers into a wonderland of surprises at every twist and turn.

Tickets into this fantasy world of masks, illusions, entertainment and beads will be $40.00 in advance and $50.00 at the gates, and attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID to enter.  For the first time since its inception, guests will be granted in and out privileges throughout the evening, allowing guests to craft their own Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras experience, including the wildly popular Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Dinner Packages featured in establishments inside and outside of the event footprint. The 2013 Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp has created a venue that is a more intimate experience for its event goers and encourages its revelers to purchase tickets in advance before it sells out.

Stay tuned for exciting new details and updates on this festive celebration. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Gaslamp Quarter Association’s ongoing promotional programs and efforts to enhance and protect this National Historic District.

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