If you’re visiting San Diego during the weekend of March 4 you couldn’t have picked a better time! If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, San Diego’s celebrations come in a very close second.
Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? Fat Tuesday is traditionally the Tuesday before lent begins and is a day of stuffing yourself full of fatty foods and alcohol before the fasting and religious practices begin on the following day known as Ash Wednesday. However, you don’t need to be religious in order to enjoy Mardi Gras in San Diego on Tuesday, March 4!
Hillcrest Mardi Gras 2014
If you’re staying in a cheap hotel near Balboa Park taking a short 2 mile trip to University Ave in Hillcrest on this festive Tuesday to celebrate with a wild, eclectic and energetic group of party people will be easy. From 6 pm to 11 pm Hillcrest will go head-to-head with New Orleans for the best party parade. People will be flooding this popular street, between 10th Ave and Herbert St., donned in colorful costumes, masks and beads. A Masquerade Parade will kick the party off right followed by bead tossing, stilt walkers, trapeze performers, fire dancers, live music, DJs, private bars and VIP lounges. Need we say more?
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Want to splurge on Mardis Gras while sticking to your San Diego vacation budget? Save money on your hotel stay by booking a cheap San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites!
Gaslamp San Diego Mardi Gras
The biggest Fat Tuesday temptations will be found in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Just down the street from the San Diego Convention Center is where 5th Avenue will be transformed into a one night wonderland full of circus acts, pop-up bars, beads and fried foods from 5 pm to midnight. Those who choose to celebrate San Diego style will see 5 different stages, 20 DJs and performers, the Fat Tuesday Parade and drink specials galore! And that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. As if you need more reasons to show up, San Diego’s sexiest professional dancers will be wow-ing the crowd and plenty of show-stopping surprises are to be expected.
Tickets range from $30 to $75 based on whether you want general admission, the Voodoo Lounge VIP Pass or the Club VIP Passport.
Looking for a cheap hotel near Downtown San Diego and Hillcrest? You can get 10% off on your weekday stay at San Diego’s Marina Inn with discount code 10WEEK. Just call 1-800-571-2933or click here to book your reservation online so that you can start your San Diego Mardi Gras party planning today!