New Orleans has come to Tampa Bay! Busch Gardens Tampa has kicked off its annual Mardi Gras celebration and guests can experience New Orleans’ biggest celebration and everything that comes with it right inside the streets of the park. Now through March 5, enjoy bayou-inspired fun including authentic Cajun foods, colorful beads, music and more. There is something for everyone at this spirited event. 

Here’s what to expect at this year’s event:

Feast on Authentic Cajun Cuisine
The tastes of the “Big Easy” have taken over the park thanks to the Mardi-Gras-inspired culinary creations created by Busch Gardens Tampa chefs. Guests can feast like kings and queens with classic New Orleans style offerings ranging from gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, as well as new creations including Andouille Sausage Po’Boy, Crawfish Etouffee, Dirty Rice & Bans, King Cake Donut and Shrimp Creole.

As you enjoy the food let the good times flow with classic bayou-inspired cocktails including Hurricanes, Spiced Rum Sangria and an all-new “Throw Me Some Beads” punch.

Enjoy New Characters in Parade
In addition to the authentic cajun food, Busch Gardens’ Mardi Gras brings the spirit of the bayou with incredible music and costume performers in a vibrant parade that goes from Zagora Cafe and Market through the Coke Canopy. This year’s parade includes new characters throughout the entire route. As it floats by, keep your eye out for new characters. They are sure to keep things exciting.

Catch Colorful Beads and Brass Bands
Make sure to stop by the Bird Garden for Bourbon Street beats and jazz classics as the Brass Band keeps the party going. And what’s a Mardi Gras party without beads? Don’t miss your chance to snag colorful beads by stopping by the bead balcony.

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