The Village Project will add a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration: “Super Community in The Fillmore” to its annual Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore. The 10th annual Mardi Gras San Francisco Style with great music, creative costumes, good food and colorful beads, will include a free Super Community concert in the Fillmore Center Plaza on Saturday, February 6th. The festive celebration will resume on Fat Tuesday, February 9th with a free blues party, a New Orleans style processional and culminate with a masquerade ball.
The two day festival will again bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, along with face painting, street artists and performers. Tia Carroll will blast out soulful tunes, from 4 to 9 p.m.on opening day, Feb. 6th. Starting at 5 pm, legendary blues artists Bobbie “Spider” Webb and Alvon Johnson will headline Fat Tuesday’s activities (Feb. 9th), along with a New Orleans style processional down the Fillmore Corridor followed by the annual Masquerade Ball at West Bay Conference Center at 7 pm.
Following the outdoor festivities, the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will take place at the West Bay Conference Center, at 1290 Fillmore. The crown jewel of San Francisco’s Fat Tuesdaycelebration will feature Alvon Johnson & Band and DJ, Mr. “C”, spinning dance tunes, as guests enjoy an evening of New Orleans style cuisine, dancing to Zydeco and rhythm and blues, and plenty of partying.
Advance purchase tickets for the Masquerade Ball are available at www.eventbrite.com. Ticket price include admission to the ball, dinner, beads, a wristband for corridor specials and a beverage.
The purchase of a $10 wristband will allow those not attending the ball to enjoy specials offered by numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses along the Fillmore Corridor. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased @ www.eventbrite.com.
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. This annual fundraiser helps support an afterschool program and a free 8 week summer camp for underserved youth. The Village Project also produces Grilling in the ‘MO, A Senior Moment, A Senior Prom for the 50+ and Seven Days of Kwanzaa Celebration, which last year was held in 14 different venues throughout San Francisco.
This year’s Mardi Gras San Francisco Style is co-sponsored by the Fillmore Center Apartments, MONS, and District 5 Supervisor and President of the Board of Supervisors, London Breed. Community partners who have consistently supported the Village Project’s efforts are San Francisco Travel, Episcopal Charities, Cathedral Hill Plaza Apartments, Renaissance Parents of Success, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, West Bay Conference Center, Jazz’z Salon & Boutique, YMCA Urban Services, Western Addition Family Resource Center, The Magic Zone, The Brooklyn Circus – SF, Bruno’s Pizza, Third World Market, Prime Dip, Bumzy’s Cookies, Sheba Piano Lounge, Union of Black Episcopalians, Miyako Ice Cream, EOC, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, St. Mary’s of the Virgin Episcopal Church, Teri’s Creation and Boutique, Nia Soul Catering, Bi-Rite Markets, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, The Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore Auditorium, The Fillmore Café, Whole Foods, Charlie’s Pharmacy, The Mayor’s Office of Events, Ethiobay, Hats of the Fillmore, Progressive Cleaners, European Cleansers, The Village Project Advisory Board, Africana Studies, San Francisco State and the AAACC. Special thanks to Shelley Bradford Bell and Delaine Irvin.
Business Name: The Village Project
Contact: Adrian Williams
Address: 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 424-2980