More than 40,000 revelers are expected to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter on Tuesday night, with music, food and drink, and a New Orleans-style parade down 5th Avenue.
The event, which benefits the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, begins at 5 p.m. and runs to midnight in an area around Fifth and Sixth Avenues and E Street to K Street.
General admission tickets cost $40, and VIP tickets — which include a special entrance, a parade viewing party and other perks — are $120.
To handle the crowds, the Metropolitan Transit System is adding late-night trolleys.
During the event Green Line trains will operate every 30 minutes, then every 15 minutes beginning at 10:38 p.m. and continuing until 12:08 a.m. There is a final train at 12:38 a.m.
Blue and Orange lines trolleys will operate on a 30-minute schedule during and after the festivities, with final trains at 12:22 a.m. and 12:25 a.m. respectively.
The Gaslamp Quarter Station is served by the Green Line and the Fifth Avenue Station is served by the Blue and Orange lines. Both stations are a block away from entrances to the Mardis Gras party.
Attendees can park free at trolley stations and ride into downtown. In addition, Qualcomm Stadium has 5,000 free parking spots.