The Mission District Mardi Gras Celebrations Mapped

Ashlyn Davis Ashlyn Davis

Mission District Mardi Gras

Gather your krewe and samba your way through the Mission District for the Mardi Gras.

Fat Tuesday is upon us! Meaning, samba drummers, dancers, and masked revelers will be filling the street with green, gold and purple all fattening themselves up with King cake, jambalaya, gumbo, po’boys, boudin, smoked sausage, and other Louisiana and Carribean-style dishes.

The Mardi Gras Mission

There are 25 Mission District venues taking part in the celebrations and it’s all completely free. The whole thing kicks off at Kimbara. After that, allow your belly to be the guide and start by finding cake, then food and then the drinks and boogying.

Suggested attire


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Anything loud, bright and OTT is encouraged, but generally speaking, masks, beads and everything in purple, green or yellow is adorned.


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Or anything that makes you feel this good.

A treat you absolutely must try (just don’t eat the baby)



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Why, King Cakes, of course. Be warned: these colorful, beaded buns may contain a plastic baby. If your slice has one, it’s said to bring you good luck, try not to end that immediately by choking on it though. You can head to La Reyna Bakery and ask for Rosca de Reyes to get your festive fix.

Drink of choice


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This delicious looking Rum Punch from Doc’s Clock.

When it’s all going down

Tue, February 25, 2020 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM

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