The Gaslamp’s most beloved and biggest block party is back. Celebrate San Diego Mardi Gras on its new day and time for 2016, February 6, Fat Saturday! Enjoy some of the most talented performers, eye catching parade floats, energizing beats, and overall spectacle that sets the standard for San Diego’s nightlife and entertainment industry. The innovative and alluring stage and street performances will bring the wow factor like never before. And, with the new Saturday date, there’s no excuse to miss the party!
As always, San Diego Mardi Gras will feature some of the best national and regional DJ and performance talent. Roving entertainers will travel throughout the venue providing a visual feast of ornate costumes and stunning performances. The Silent Disco Stage is bringing you a new and unique way to have your own party, and enjoy incredible local DJs. Two DJ’s will be dueling for your attention over two separate frequencies, picked up by your wireless headphones provided at the block entrance. Some of San Diego’s most talented artists will create Mardi Gras Masterpieces live as revelers celebrate and the beats play bringing these amazing displays to life.
Looking to catch a different beat? Head over to the live music stage at Tin Roof to enjoy some rhythmic blues, upbeat country, zydeco and more! The Big Easy Parade is back and better than ever, featuring out of this world floats, traditional Mardi Gras Krewes, live performances, and more. The parade steps off at 9 p.m. at the top of 5th Avenue and E Street.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket prices vary; VIP, food and beverage packages are available.
San Diego Mardi Gras benefits the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, which supports the preservation of the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter, as well as providing a living history of San Diego.
The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) provides San Diego residents and visitors with museum exhibits, programs and tours offered through the Davis-Horton House, the oldest residence in the Gaslamp Quarter. GQHF also hosts popular annual events including the Children’s Fall Back Festival and shamRock.
The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the architecture, culture and history of the Gaslamp Quarter, a 16 ½-block area designated as an historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. Through museum exhibits, tours, festivals and educational programs for children and adults, the GQHF opens a window to the past by depicting the historical development of downtown San Diego since 1850. The Foundation operates from the oldest standing residence in the Gaslamp Quarter, the Davis-Horton House Museum, a repository of artifacts, photos and archives that we preserve for residents and visitors from around the world to enjoy.
Founded in 1981 as a nonprofit corporation and recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt entity, the Foundation is led by an active Board of Directors that provides vision and leadership, sets policy and oversees the organization’s financial health. A professional staff led by an Executive Director carries out board policies and a Director of Operations manages the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and the Museum.