Thousands celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

SAN DIEGO - About 20,000 to 30,000 people descended on San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter for Fat Tuesday.

The centerpiece of the Mardi Gras celebration is the parade with revelers in costumes and masks marching from one end to the other. The fun is contagious.

The streets are blocked off and fenced in. Fifth Avenue is one long bar.

Reveler Tami Endow had an interesting drink.

"This is called a 'delicious' and it's super-delicious," she told 10News. "I just had him make me something that's super-good."

Dancers abounded, and many of them were affiliated with local clubs and dance groups.

San Diego police Lt. Marshall White explained the security precautions, including officers inside and outside the fence, as well as firefighter-paramedics.

"We've got private security, too," said White. "The vendors are very happy with this event and the organizers have been great to work with."

A few arrests were reported.

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