Mardi Gras San Francisco Style in Fillmore Plaza

Keeping with the tradition of celebrating with music, creative costumes, food and colorful beads, The Village Project, The Fillmore Center and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development are presenting the seventh annual Mardi Gras San Francisco Style – Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore on Tuesday, Feb. 12. This year’s festival will feature a masquerade ball, street artists and performers. The celebration will commence with a free kick-off blues concert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Fillmore Plaza, 1475 Fillmore. The concert lineup leads with   Bobbie “Spider” Webb and the Smooth Blues Band, followed by a New Orleans processional down the Fillmore Corridor led by Henry Clement & the Gumbo Band, culminating at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Comedian Donald Lacy will emcee the event. Guests will be able to enjoy food, drink and other specials at numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses. Food will include chicken and waffles at Gussie’s; the Southern-inspired cuisine of 1300 on Fillmore restaurant; homemade cookies and ice cream at Bumzy’s Cookies and Miyako Ice Cream; Yoshi’s Japanese; or Ethiopian dining and live jazz at Rasselas and Sheba Lounge. “We are excited about this year’s celebration as we are expecting visitors from the Fillmore District and beyond,” Adrian Williams, executive director of The Village Project, said. “Not only does our annual Mardi Gras include what people look for in the traditional New Orleans celebrations, it continues to embrace the history of this neighborhood – where music has been intertwined into the fabric of everyday life for more than 100 years.” Following the outdoor festivities, the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will take place at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore. Advance purchase tickets for the Masquerade Ball are $35 per person or $60 for couples. At the door, tickets are $45 per individual and $70 for couples. Ticket price includes admission to the ball, dinner and a beverage. The purchase of a $10 wristband will allow those not attending the ball to enjoy specials offered by numerous Fillmore restaurants and clubs along the Fillmore Corridor. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased @ The Village Project, 2097 Turk St. and at http://thevillageprojectsf.eventbrite.com/#.
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