The goal of Mardi Gras, San Francisco Style is to build cultural awareness among all segments of San Francisco’s community. Hailing from Louisiana, the Executive Director of the Village Project, Adrian Williams has shared a little history of her home state, producing this event for 9 years. The Village Project has brought together the residents, artists and small business owners of the Western Addition, with a focus on the Fillmore’s commercial corridor and the neighborhood’s rich history of blues and jazz. Like all of our programs, the project reflects our deep roots in African American music and culture.
Mardi Gras, San Francisco Style opens with a free blues concert at the Fillmore Center Plaza and has presented blues ensembles such as Bobbie Webb, Fillmore Slim, Soul Mechanix and Bernard Anderson. A second line band leads a New Orleans style procession through the neighborhood enlivening the Fillmore’s commercial corridor, bringing awareness, as well as additional foot traffic and revenue to community businesses. In 2015, this event attracted almost 600 people and brought together musicians, businesses, community service organizations and Fillmore residents to celebrate the neighborhood’s cultural vitality.