"Security wouldn't even let residents in with their own alcohol. You had to buy it from an inside vendor," said one Gaslamp Quarter denizen.
February 8 was the first downtown Fat Tuesday where -- reminiscent of the pre-Petco Park Street Scene -- the festivities were cordoned off and a $15 in advance or $20 at the gate price tag was imposed on anyone who didn't live within the boundaries.
Some of the local acts were David Patrone's Flat Five Trio, the Uptown Rhythm Makers, DJ Scott Martin, and DJ Kid Krazy. Attendees had the following opinions: "The sound systems were bad." "There was no groove." "There were cops all over the place and...no boobies to be seen anywhere. That really pissed a lot of people off."
"Flashers were given one warning," said Gary Hassen, media relations officer of the San Diego Police Department, "and if they did it again, they were ticketed and ejected. There were 35 arrests in total -- 15 ejections, 10 intoxications, and 10 miscellaneous. It seemed to be an older crowd this year, though, and didn't get started until around 8 p.m."