Three Mardi Gras Events
You are possibly aware that this weekend is the official weekend when Mardi Gras will be celebrated around the country. While New Orleans is certainly home to the most famous Mardi Gras events and spectacles, San Francisco offers more than enough to compete. In preparation for this weekend, we want to highlight three separate events that will take place on Saturday, the 25th.
First up, there is the Mardi Gras Second Line March being held in North Beach. For the fifth straight year, North Beach will open itself up to Mardi Gras celebrations in its own boisterous and recognizable style. Beginning at The North Star, where those who have purchased the $15 advance ticket will have the chance to receive drink specials on Abita and Hurricanes, receive complimentary Mardi Gras beads, and plenty of other New Orleans inspired food and drink. The North Star will also host the North Beach Brass Band revving up for the parade. The parade itself is a free event, and everyone anywhere nearby is strongly encouraged to join in along the meandering marching route that goes through Washington Square Park and North beach, ultimately making its way to Grant Avenue’s Tupelo, where more drink specials will flow through the lips of the revelers until early morning.
The next event is the February incarnation of the Treasure Island Flea. Their Mardi Gras themed bash goes all day long on both Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th) and is held at Avenue N and California Avenue. Costing only $3, the Flea features hundreds of vendors selling original artworks, handmade crafts, vintage and restored items, and hoards of other unique and surprising objects. Additionally, close to 30 food trucks will set up throughout the venue, including trucks that specialize in cocktails, homemade beer, and wine. At the special Mardi Gras Flea, the first 500 guests will receive free beads, and everyone in attendance gets 2-for-1 deals on Hurricanes and other specialty cocktails.
Finally, there is the official Mardi Gras Parade. Beginning at Patricia’s Green, near Biergarten, this conglomeration of colors, costumes, and raucous creativity will march through its rout with plenty of fanfare provided by the Brass Mafia, MJ’s Brass Boppers, and plenty of other noisemakers.
Don’t let Mardi Gras slip by without you! Check out any of these fun activities and more happening in San Francisco this weekend.