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9th annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras to take place Tuesday February 16

(HILLCREST) The 9th annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Party celebration will be held on Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2010 on University Avenue between First and Fourth Avenues. The time of the event is 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The festival will take place rain or shine.

The event is sponsored by the GSDBA Charitable Foundation and the Hillcrest Business Association. All proceeds from the street party benefit both organizations. The GSDBA Charitable Foundation issues annual Youth Scholarships.

The festival will feature live entertainment, special guest performers, and an exclusive V.I.P. area. Food and other drink will be available for purchase from participating vendors and venues. Additionally, full liquor will also be served during the event. An array of other surprises, plenty of beads, and various other party favors will also be part of the festive evening. Hillcrest Mardi Gras remains a 21 and up age event.

Ticket prices remain at last year prices. Advance ticket price is $15 advance (or $20 day of) and $50 advance (or $75 day of) for a V.I.P. Pass which includes a private reception area and private bathrooms. Tickets are available at the following Hillcrest area locations: Baja Betty’s at 1421 University Avenue; Urban Mo’s, formerly Hamburger Mary’s, at 308 University Avenue; and Obelisk Bookstore at 1029 University Avenue. Patrons can also purchase tickets online. Ticket purchases are tax-deductible. No refunds are offered on ticket purchases – the festival will take place rain or shine.

Hillcrest Mardi Gras is a fun-filled evening featuring many games, vendors, food, live entertainment, and costumes. More than 2,000 guests enjoyed the event in 2009.