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Mardi Gras celebration in Hillcrest to continue this year

SAN DIEGO – The popular Mardi Gras celebration in Hillcrest will continue this year, following much confusion last year about the fate of the event.

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) will produce the event with proceeds being split between neighborhood beautification projects and the GSDBA Chartiable Foundation's student scholarship fund.

A tradition that dates back 12 years, HBA said it hopes to bring new and exciting elements to this year's Mardi Gras celebration.

"The HBA is proud to produce the Hillcrest Mardi Gras celebration and will be introducing a whole new concept and name, Fat Tuesday," said Johnathan Hale, president of the HBA board and publisher of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and other media.

Stampp Corbin, president of the GSDBA Charitable Foundation, said his organization has granted more than $125,000 in student scholarships over the last 12 years as a result of the Mardi Gras celebrations.

“The GSDBA Charitable Foundation is pleased to move forward with the HBA to ensure that we continue to provide scholarships to deserving LGBT college students and allies,” Corbin said.

The 2014 Mardi Gras will be celebrated Tuesday, March 4 in Hillcrest and will feature food, live entertainment, costumes, beads and other new elements to be announced soon.

Additional information will soon be available HERE.