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Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations

🎭The rhythm of Brazil comes to San Diego during Mardi Gras

Let loose, dance and indulge at carnival celebrations ranging from massive block parties bumping with music from the best DJs to more traditional festivities with feather-adorned dancers in samba shows, performances of the Brazilian martial-arts dance form capoeira, caipirinhas, and more.

Mardi Gras Celebrations

San Diego Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

When: February 6, 2016
San Diego Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration brings the performers, parade, and spectacle that sets the standard for San Diego nightlife and entertainment.

Gaslamp Mardi Gras Club VIP Experience

When: February 6, 2016
San Diego, California is home to the Top 3 Mardi Gras in the world. Come experience Gaslamp Mardi Gras, Southern California's most beloved block party, parade and celebration! Upgrade to the VIP experience for even more revelry.

San Diego Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras

When: February 5, 2016
The Annual San Diego Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball features Carnival Bands, Capoeira, Parades, and Mardi Gras Beads.

San Diego Fat Tuesday in the Gaslamp

When: February 9, 2016
Break out the masks, beads and join an international krewe in celebrating San Diego Fat Tuesday in the Gaslamp Quarter! Enjoy a guided route, welcome shots and free cover to the Top 20 nightclubs, bars, live music venues along the famous Fifth Ave!

Travel Safely this Mardi Gras

There are plenty of options to make sure you and your fellow Ventian masked friends have a safe and fun Fat Tuesday. If you are traveling, leave the car behind and use one of the many modes of transportation San Diego offers.

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