San Francisco celebrates Mardi Gras with free Fat Tuesday events

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Collect your pearls! Mardi Gras is back! San Francisco celebrates Fat Tuesday with free events.

At 5 p.m., Mardi Gras in San Francisco’s Fillmore district with a free blues concert, second line procession, costumes and beading. Proof of vaccination is required.

A Mission Parklet Crawl with live parklet performances also begins at 5 p.m. in the Mission Corridor between the 16th and 24th.

Online reservations are required for both.

The Big Easy is also embracing Fat Tuesday again after the pandemic put a halt to parades and parties.

New Orleans is throwing festivities all over the city today. Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces.

The parade routes will also be shorter than usual as there are not enough police officers for the standard routes.

Mardi Gras means “fat Tuesday” in French. People celebrate it by consuming rich and fatty foods before Lent. This is the 40-day fasting period preceding Easter.

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