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Let the good times roll: Mardi Gras events in San Diego

Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 18:50:39-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Mardi Gras is right around the corner, which means San Diegans are getting ready to "laissez les bons temps rouler" (let the good times roll.)

Several events this weekend will kick off the local festivities in San Diego. All of it culminating on March 5, known as "Fat Tuesday,"traditionally the last day of the Carnival season.

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Here are some great events you won't want to miss out on:

San Diego Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration
When: March 1 - 2, March 5
Where: Gaslamp District
Cost: Starts at $25
Mardi Gras gets started early in San Diego's Gaslamp District with 20 parties over the weekend and then for one more night on Fat Tuesday. Tickets get guests access to more than 20 nightclubs, bars, and restaurants, an opening night and finale party, and food and drink specials around downtown.

Gaslamp District Mardi Gras Big Easy Bites & Booze Tour
When: March 2
Where: Gaslamp District
Cost: Starting at $25
Enjoy a taste of San Diego and Mardi Gras with 20 Mardi-Gras inspired plates, Carnival cocktails, an exclusive after party at a secret location, and more during the Gaslamp Mardi Grass Big Easy Bites and Booze Tour through downtown.

2nd annual Blvd. Mardi Gras Crawl
When: March 3
Where: El Cajon Boulevard, North Park
Cost: Tickets are free for $2 - $6 specials
A traveling party will take over North Park's El Cajon Boulevard, bringing guests across local breweries, bars, and restaurants for drink and food specials, led by the Euphoria Brass Band along the way! The final stop will be a party at the Lafayette Hotel for music, dancing, and the best-decorated “Mardi-Bra” contest.

Mardi Gras 10K & 5K
When: March 3
Where: Rancho Bernardo Community Park
Cost: $10 - $55
Celebrate Mardi Gras and enjoy a Carnival in the park in Rancho Bernardo at the inaugural Mardi Gras 10K & 5K. Hit the scenic trails around RB in colorful Mardi Gras gear and enjoy a finish line festival!

Mardi Gras Party at House of Blues
When: March 5
Where: House of Blues San Diego
Cost: No cover, open to public
House of Blues celebrate Mardi Gras with a party at its restaurant and Voodoo Room, featuring a special food and drink menu, circus and interactie entertainment, and live music by Madame Leroux & Krewe.

17th Annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras
When: March 5
Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag
Cost: $10 - $15
Hillcrest will host a neighborhood-wide party crawl through the area's best bars, clubs, and music venues. Themed party stops will greet guests with drink deals, collectible beads, giveaways, and live entertainment!