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San Diego Uptown News | March 4-17, 2011


Foundation which issues annual youth scholarships, and HBA, with all street party proceeds benefiting both groups. This year with the help of DJ Kimberly S, event entertain- ment will include Wendy Ho, the girls from Lips, the Gogo Danc- ers and Paris Antoinette Queen. Weir noted the event and the business community have “bonded” over the years accounting for Hillcrest-style Mardi Gras’ growing popularity and success. “We now have a solidified relationship with the business community and are able to shut down the street along University year after year, which speaks to the relationship the HBA has with business,” she said. Hillcrest Mardi Gras remains a 21-and-up age event. Food and other drink will be available for purchase from participating vendors and venues. There will be plenty of party favors available including an un- imaginable array of Mardi Gras beads.

Advance tickets costing $15 in advance ($20 day of) and $50 advance ($75 day of) for a V.I.P. pass including express entry, pri- vate reception area and private bathrooms are available at: Baja Betty’s at 1421 University Ave., Urban Mo’s at 308 University Ave., and Obelisk Bookstore at 1029 University Ave. Patrons can also purchase tickets online at the website Hill- Ticket purchases are tax-deductible. No re- funds are offered on ticket purchases and the festival will take place rain or shine. Tickets are on sale now. Hillcrest Mardi Gras is a nonprofit organization. Any pro- ceeds the group makes from the event are donated to the beau- tification of Hillcrest through the HBA and to the Youth Scholar- ship Fund through the GSDBA. For more information, visit


In keeping with Fat Tuesday tradition, Hillcrest's Mardi Gras celebration will offer an array of party favors including the infamous beads. (Courtesy HBA)

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