GQA encourages revelers to celebrate Mardi Gras responsibly

The Gaslamp Quarter Association is joining forces with Mesa Distribution and Heineken USA to encourage responsible consumption during the 15th Annual Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 24.

Thousands of party-goers are expected to pack downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for Fat Tuesday. The annual Mardi Gras celebration begins at 6 o’clock and ends at midnight. Organizers say this year’s celebration will feature two parades, D-Js, go-go dancers and a costume contest. Cost is 20 dollars at the gate and admission is only open to those 21 and older.

Approximately 50 licensed establishments in the historic Gaslamp Quarter district will be distributing ‘SAFECALL’ cards as a reminder to enjoy the festivities. The cards provide customers with a toll free number to call to order a cab to get them home safely.

“Since its establishment in 1983, the Gasslamp Quarter Association has supported responsible alcohol service in our establishments and at our events. At this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration we are proud to join long time friends at Mesa Distributing and Heineken USA to support the local ‘SAFECALL’ Program,” said Jimmy Parker, GQA Executive Director.

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