Busch Gardens Tampa Bay all jazzed up for Mardi Gras celebration

Kicking off Jan. 16 and running on select dates

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)

TAMPA, Fla – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay shared new details Monday about its upcoming Mardi Gras celebration which kicks off on Jan. 16.

Happening on select dates, guests will have the opportunity to hear music, catch some beads from physically distant New Orleans street performers, and try some delicious Louisiana-style Cajun cuisine. “There will be plenty of room to dance through spacious walkways while enjoying festive tunes from live musicians while flavorful dishes and cocktails tempt the senses” officials described in a news release.

Catch some festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day, and get caught up in the fun as you dance through spacious walkways. (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)

Event organizers said some of the food available include a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty jambalaya, shrimp and grits, voodoo coffee and hot and fresh beignets. Guests will also get the chance to try a number of new Mardi Gras inspired cocktails including hurricane drinks.

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Officials said all the food and drinks are best enjoyed with a Mardi Gras sampler lanyard which start at $34.99 for a 5-punch lanyard. A 10-punch option and an exclusive 12-punch lanyard for pass members will also be available.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)

The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations.

The Mardi Gras celebration runs through Feb. 16. Other events heading to the theme park include Sesame Street kids weekends, Jan. 30 – Feb. 14 and the Food & Wine Festival, running Friday to Sunday, Feb. 20 – April 25.

Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

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