In the Fillmore district, Fat Tuesday started early on Saturday, March 5th;this four-day celebration teems with music, fun, and food and ends today with a bang: the Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at the Fillmore Bay Conference Center.
If you are looking for something with a less strict dress code, head up to Amoeba Music for their annual parade and live performance from Vaud and the Villains. The fun begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday with the Villains performance starting at 6 p.m.
Perhaps the Marina is more your style. If so, head over to Circa. The party begins at 9 p.m. Be prepared to bargain with others to win the finest beads. The man and woman who collect the most beads will be granted one free bottle with table service, and be crowned the "King and Queen of Mardi Gras." You can also enjoy $5 hurricanes all night (that’s quite a deal for San Francisco!). It’s recommended to buy tickets in advance, as they are $20 at the door.
No matter how you plan to celebrate Mardi Gras, San Francisco can provide various venues to enjoy a crazy party or a low key get together.
Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117. 415.831.1200
Circa, 2001 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123. 415.351.0175