Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2011

By Vanessa Torres
|  Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 1:21 PM PDT
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Where are you celebrating Mardi Gras 2011? If you’re still not sure of your plans for the big day, try checking out one of these huge celebrations in San Diego! 

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

What better place to celebrate Mardi Gras than the historic streets of the Gaslamp Quarter? The outdoor block party will feature two colorful parades as well as music, food, and of course, plenty of drinks. Bring your friends out for a night of dancing, partying, and tons and tons of beads! The celebration takes place on March 8. SoundDiego blogger Scott McDonald talked to headliners Crystal Method before the party on Tuesday.

Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Party

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Hillcrest where they anticipate their largest crowds for the 10th annual street party. The event is modeled after the authentic celebrations held in New Orleans and promises food and live entertainment. No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without outrageous outfits and lots of beads, so grab your friends and head to Hillcrest on Tuesday, March 8.

If you would rather let your stomach do the celebrating, try one of these New Orleans style restaurants around San Diego. 

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe

This Kearny Mesa café serves American food with a New Orlean’s twist. The menu offers Cajun chicken taquitos, seafood gumbo, and a huge variety of po boy sandwiches. 

Gulf Coast Grill

This unique restaurant is a fusion of flavors from the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The diverse menu includes corn hushpuppies, chowder and jambalaya.

New Orleans Creole Café

This Old Town eatery offers authentic Creole dishes and a flair for Southern hospitality. House specialties include jambalaya and crawfish etouffee with many of the café’s ingredients directly imported from Louisana.

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