Feb 19, 2012 –
For practicing Christians Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the last day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. But Mardi Gras also represents a carnival season that’s known for its over-the-top festivals, parades and partying in the streets. If you’re getting ready for Mardi Gras, use Tara’s Team’s check-off list to make sure you enjoy Mardi Gras down to the last drop.
- If you want to party it up with thousands of fellow San Diegans, head down to the Gaslamp’s Mardi Gras celebration on February 21, 2012. Festivities start at 6pm and last until 12am. World-renowned headlining DJs will be performing as well as dancers, street performers and of course, the famous Masquerade Parade. Cost to attend is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Don’t forget your costume or at the very least a masquerade mask—you don’t want to look out of place!
- Want to avoid the crowds but not minimize your fun intake? Throw your own Mardi Gras celebration at home! If you’re hesitant on wearing a full-fledged Mardi Gras costume, then at the very least make sure you have glittery, feathered and bedazzled masquerade masks for you and your guests.
- If you’re decorating your own party at home be sure to stock up on: streamers, plastic beads, glittery confetti, shiny fake coins, noisemakers, toy kazoos and trumpets. Think loud and think excess.
- Whether eating out or dining in, indulge in some traditional Mardi Gras food and beverage by digging into spicy jambalaya or crayfish and washing it down with a famous Sazeracs or Gin Fizz. They don’t call it Fat Tuesday for nothing so eat up!
- Turn the Jazz music on full blast and get prepared to dance in the streets (in designated areas only of course!).
- Still unsure about the best places to celebrate Mardi Gras? Check out Tara’s Team’s It List for all the insider tips on places to enjoy in San Diego.
- Whether you’re taking your celebration to the streets or throwing your own party at home, remember to have fun responsibly.
Wishing you a fabulous San Diego Style Mardi Gras! What are you doing to celebrate?