Mardi Gras Returns to Busch Gardens for the 2023 Celebration


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced the return of its fan-favorite Mardi Gras celebration. Park guests visiting during the festive 2023 special event will experience live music, a colorful parade full of beads, and a new cajun-inspired menu that will make your taste buds go wild.

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The celebration begins on January 14, 2023, and through March 5, 2023, allowing visitors to savor the flavors of the bayou with brand-new Mardi Gras-inspired offerings. The New Orleans style offerings range from gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and much more. Older visitors can enjoy classic bayou-inspired cocktails, including Hurricanes, Spiced Rum Sangria, and an all-new Throw Me Some Beads punch. Some of the new food items include:

  • Andouille Sausage Po’Boy
  • Crawfish Etouffee
  • Dirty Rice & Beans
  • King Cake Donut
  • Shrimp Creole

The fun doesn’t end there! The bayou celebration continues with jazzed-up music and festive fanfare of costume performers that bring the celebration of Mardi Gras to life. Guests can experience a larger-than-life parade, with new characters throughout the route, starting at the Zagora Café and Market through the Coke Canopy, allowing festival goers to catch beads along the way and march to the beat of live music from an authentic brass band.

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For a limited time, guests can Pay for a Day. And return to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Water Park all year and experience exciting entertainment, events, and attractions, such as Iron Gwazi and Serengeti Flyer, with the buy-one-get-one-free Fun Card offer. Pass members and Fun Card holders can continue the celebration with exclusive perks and access to the 2023 lineup of vibrant seasonal events. Don’t forget purchasing a Busch Gardens Fun Card for $132.99 will automatically get them an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE.

Looking for the best way to enjoy Busch Gardens Mardi Gras Celebration? Guests who purchase a Mardi Gras Sampler Lanyard. Starting at $40 for a five-punch lanyard with a 10-punch option and an exclusive 12-punch lanyard for Pass Members, Sampler Lanyards are available to purchase online, allowing visitors to enjoy all the food and beverage options.

For more information on park prices and event information, please visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s official website.

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