The downtown events have been cancelled, that means Hillcrest is the place to be.
In case you haven't heard, downtown San Diego has canceled their Mardi Gras event which means Fabulous Hillcrest is going to be the place to celebrate this year. And from the looks of it, they have pulled out all the stops to make this Fat Tuesday one to remember.
Benjamin Nicholls, Executive Director of the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) says there are many things to look forward to at Mardi Gras in Hillcrest.
"If people want to celebrate Mardi Gras and they're disappointed that downtown is canceled, they should join us in Hillcrest," he said. "Hillcrest hosts the largest LGBT Mardi Gras event on the west coast and it's only $10! People shouldn't worry about parking, we're providing free parking at the DMV and five party busses that will circulate people all around the neighborhood. We expect about 1200 people to participate this year!"
According to the HBA, Hillcrest Mardi Gras is the "nation's largest LGBT Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans," and this year they have added a Party Bus Bar Hop so people can explore Hillcrest's best bars, clubs, and music venues for only $10.
In a press release sent out by the HBA they describe what's included with your pass.
"The All-Inclusive Mardi Gras Party Pass gives revelers an opportunity to sample cocktails at participating retailers, and restaurants, drink specials, collectible beads, doubloons, giveaways, and special offers at bars, nightclubs and live music venues!
Revelers also get free parking and exclusive access to hop on/off any one of the five 'Party Buses' at one of the seven themed 'Party Stops!'
Revelers can explore every party bus and hop on or off - as often, and as many times - as they want from 6 pm to 11 pm.
Participating bars, nightclubs and businesses will form a 'Krewe' and will compete to deck out their roaming party bus. Each will feature drag queens, entertainment and special guests whose only objective is to entertain you in the most decadent and flamboyant way possible-- as you explore and visit as many participating locations as you can!"
With the cancellation of Mardi Gras in downtown San Diego expect a great night of Carnival celebrations in the streets of Hillcrest.
Hillcrest Mardi Gras is on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 6 pm to 11 pm.
Purchase tickets HERE.