Mardi Gras In The Gaslamp Celebrates 22 Years On Saturday, February 6 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win 2 VIP Tickets

January 5, 2016

The biggest Mardi Gras celebration west of the Mississippi returns to downtown San Diego on Saturday, February 6, from 5pm to midnight, aiming to be bigger and better than ever before. San Diego’s nationally recognized Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration will bring glitz, glam, floats, beads, vivacious energy, a silent rave, and even a live performance by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to celebrate its 22nd year, moving to a new day and time to make this extravagant celebration more accessible than ever. We attended last year for the first time and had an absolute blast. It's so much fun to be able to drink and party on the streets of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. As an added benefit to our readers, promo code SDVILLE saves $5 on GA tickets and $10 on VIP passes, and we're also raffling off 2 VIP tickets for one lucky reader. Read on for all the details and be sure to enter.

The Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration will take over Fifth Avenue and side streets between Fourth & Sixth Avenues with 5 stages of music, stunning visual displays, the legendary Big Easy Parade, and more unique offerings than ever before. Celebrate with over 40,000 revelers at one of the largest Mardi Gras events the West Coast has ever seen and make memories to last a lifetime. Dawn a sparkly Mardi Gras mask and get ready for beads, beads, beads!

The evolution of Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras includes the progression of the new Tin Roof Live Music Stage, national acts at the Hip Hop and EDM Stage, and a brand new Hush Soundsystem Silent Rave block featuring dueling DJs transmitted over wireless headphones.

The Rue Carnival Brazilian Arts Stage will be the center of creativity for the Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras. Enjoy Brazillian performances brought to you by the hottest dancers from San Diego, San Francisco, and around the state who will spice up the night with their exotic entertainment. There will also be San Diego artists painting live to the music throughout the evening. Watch as their creativity unfolds throughout the night as they craft Mardi Gras masterpieces. The King Club Main Stage will provide partyers with the hottest performances from San Diego and beyond. For the past two years Mardi Gras In The Gaslamp featured legendary rapper Snoop Dogg to the main stage, and this year, the event will be headlined by none other than Bone Thugs-N-Harmony! For fans of EDM and electronic music, the Canal Street EDM Stage will be the place to be.

To cater to its guests and attract new party goers, the new date and new time are aimed at providing the most accessible celebration for festival lovers in San Diego and beyond. The beloved Big Easy Parade will always be one of the main features of the event, but the interactive areas, stunning displays, and unique costuming for performers, dancers, and roving entertainment are equally enjoyable. Plus, come on, you get to drink on the streets of the Gaslamp.

What would Mardi Gras be without a parade? The legendary Big Easy Parade will travel down Fifth Avenue, lead by the celebrity Grand Marshall, starting at 9 PM. There will be over 50 over the top parade entries including music groups, roving performers, specialty acts, Mardi Gras krewes and New Orleans-like floats.

General Admission to Mardi Gras are $45 through January 24, $55 through February 5, and $60 on the day of the event. Upgrade your Mardi Gras experience by going VIP for an exclusive night on the town complete with a VIP entrance, VIP restrooms, 3 complimentary beverages from the VIP-only bar, VIP areas and much more. VIP Admission to Mardi Gras starts at just $75 through January 24, $90 through February 5, and $100 on the day of the event. Be sure to enter promo code SDVILLE when purchasing your tickets to save $5 per GA ticket and $10 per VIP pass purchased.

Attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID to enter Mardi Gras. Proceeds from the event benefit the National Center for Community Enhancement whose mission is to improve the quality of life in urban communities by supporting neighborhood enhancement projects, helping those in need and contributing to positive social change.

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