“Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore” returns with new features, free concert
This year’s festival once again will bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with colorful events that include a masquerade ball, street artists and performers. The celebration also will commence with a free kick-off blues concert from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fillmore Plaza, 1475 Fillmore. It will feature the legendary Bobbie “Spider” Webb & the Smooth Blues Band and be followed by a festive New Orleans processional down the Fillmore Corridor, led by Henry Clement & the Gumbo Band, culminating at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Comedian Donald Lacy will emcee the event.
Guests will be able to enjoy food, drink and other specials at numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses. A plethora of eclectic delectable eats will be available to satisfy every palate – whether it’s chicken and waffles at Gussie’s; American soul at the 1300; homemade cookies and ice cream at Bumzy’s Cookies and Miyako Ice Cream; Yoshi’s Japanese; or Ethiopian cuisine from Rasselas and Sheba Lounge
“We are excited about this year’s celebration as we are expecting visitors from the Fillmore District and beyond,” Adrian Williams, executive director of The Village Project, said. “Not only does our annual Mardi Gras include what people look for in the traditional New Orleans celebrations, it continues to embrace the history of this neighborhood – where music has been intertwined into the fabric of everyday life for more than 100 years.
Following the outdoor festivities, the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will take place at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore. The crown jewel of San Francisco’s Fat Tuesday celebration will feature Clement and his band and Comedian Lacy, as guests enjoy an evening of New Orleans style food, dancing to Zydeco and Rhythm and Blues, a costume contest, raffles and plenty of partying.
Advance purchase tickets for the Masquerade Ball are $35 per person or $60 for couples. At the door, tickets are $45 per individual and $70 for couples. Ticket price include admission to the ball, dinner and a beverage.
The purchase of a $10 wristband will allow those not attending the ball to enjoy specials offered by numerous Fillmore restaurants and clubs along the Fillmore Corridor. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased @ The Village Project, 2097 Turk St. and at http://www.thevillageprojectsf.org
About the Village Project
Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. The Village Project also produces Grilling in the ’MO, A Senior Moment and Seven Days of Kwanzaa Celebration, which last year was held in 14 different venues.
This year’s Mardi Gras San Francisco Style is co-sponsored by the Fillmore Center and Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development. Community partners are Renaissance Parents of Success, West Bay Conference Center, Urban Solutions, Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles,1300 on Fillmore, Jazz’z Salon & Boutique, The Brooklyn Circus, SF, Bruno’s Pizza, Third World Market, Prime Dip, Bumzy’s Cookies, Marcus Books, Planet Fillmore Communications, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba Piano Lounge, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Miyako Ice Cream, Fat Angels Café, Episcopal Charities, St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, SFPD, Teri’s Creation and Boutique, Nia Soul Catering, The New Chicago Barber Shop, Cheap Pete’s Frame Outlet, State Bird Provisions, Charlie’s Pharmacy, The Fillmore Farmers Market, San Francisco Black Film Festival Village Project Advisory Board, the Fillmore District Merchants and the WAFRC.