Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter is going to be a little different
this year. Instead of the annual Fat Tuesday Masquerade Parade
being cost-free and open to the general public, it will be confined
within a certain area similar to San Diego Street Scene. Price
for the event? $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
year, we had the parade out on the street and it was free for
everyone to view and then we had the Bayou Blowout Block Party.
This year we’ve combined the two in one area,” said Stacie Huckeba
from McFarlane Promotions.
stated that the reason for the change was primarily safety. “We
don’t have to worry about women being harassed, harangued or molested
if they don’t lift up their shirts,” she said. Public displays
of nudity during Mardi Gras have been a problem for police in
San Diego and other cities for many years. “If they are inside
the block party, we have a little more control,” said Huckeba.
“There were 80,000 people in the streets for Mardi Gras last year,
it was taxing on traffic and nightclubs.”
disadvantage to this year’s parade and Mardi Gras celebration
will be that partygoers must be over 21 to enter the block party.
Children and young adults will therefore be excluded from the
the parade started at 9 p.m. and it was on a Tuesday so we didn’t
have alot of kids out compared to adults,” said Huckeba. “(The
changes) are more for safety reasons than anything else,” said