You don't have to go to New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday.
Join the block party on Tuesday, February 16th, 6:00 - 11:55 PM, in part of Downtown San Diego, called the Gaslamp District. Mardi Gras is a great event for people watching (bring your camera). This is not the place to be for any bashful types and definitely not a first date idea, but it does work for a group date for those looking for a crazy time. I'm personally not into the bead tradition, so bring your own if you got 'em.
The 2 parades are are scheduled for 7:30 and 10 PM on 5th Avenue. In between, enjoy live music outdoors at various stages and lounges. Just to name a few... Check out the G Street Skate Fever where experienced skaters will be showing off their tricks and dance moves on skates.The Market Street Cirque (AKA circus) will also be lively with performances by aerial acrobats, fire eaters, puppets and more. Don't miss out on Carnivale Alley on Island Avenue, where you can play some carnival games with all proceeds going to charities. The complete list of performances and showtimes is available online.
Buy advance tickets online for $15 per person ($16.78 Total after convenience fees) in order to avoid the long lines. For this large event, parking may be a nightmare but thankfully there are several options, including taking the San Diego Trolley. Click HERE for directions, maps and tips. Needless to say, arrive early, dress warmly and wear comfy shoes. Have fun and be safe.
UPDATE 02/15/10: Advance tickets are still available online today for $15 but the price goes up to $20 tomorrow on the day of the event. If you miss it this year or want more fun, save the date for March 8, 2011.
Approximate cost of creative date idea = $16.78 Total per person.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = Priceless.
Kiss & Tell Idea by @HappyHourMagOC