Monday, July 22, 2024

SeaWorld San Diego revives Mardi Gras celebration for 2023

SeaWorld San Diego is bringing back New Orleans festivities with the return of Mardi Gras. The event runs every weekend from January 21 to February 26, plus select dates.

“We’re excited to bring an even bigger and better Mardi Gras experience to SeaWorld San Diego this year,” said Tim Hamilton, Vice President of Entertainment at SeaWorld San Diego. “Guests are invited to join the soiree because we’re offering a true New Orleans-style party. Just like dancing in the streets, our guests will be dancing through the park and immersed by the sights, sounds and tastes of a San Diego-style Mardi Gras.”

Mardi Gras is included with park admission.

All new Bourbon Street-Style entertainment

SeaWorld introduces the new Mardi Gras-inspired lively processional led by Mardi Gras Madame, Mama, and full of festive Mardi Gras performers, including stilt walkers, dancers and jugglers. The processional will move around the park, encouraging park partygoers to join along the way and culminate at the Mardi Gras stage.

The Mardi Gras stage will also showcase performances by a new New Orleans Good Time Jazz Band, performers from the San Diego Circus Center, and a DJ. During the evening hours, guests can walk through the SeaWorld Tunnel of Lights and enjoy a special laser Louisiana-inspired light show, both filled with traditional Mardi Gras colors. The festival area will also include a face painting booth, ribbons, lights, masks and more.

Tastes of New Orleans

Guests can indulge in classic food dishes including a choice of Shrimp or Roast Beef Po’Boys, plus Muffulettas and Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya. Vegetarians can choose from new menu items including a plant-based Dirty Rice, Seafood Jambalaya, and Hush Puppies. A sweet side of Mardi Gras returns with Beignets or guests can opt for the Pecan Praline King Cake, both pair with a Chicory Coffee.

Spring offerings at SeaWorld San Diego

Mardi Gras is just one part of the 2023 event lineup at SeaWorld San Diego. Other upcoming events include:

  • Seven Seas Food Festival: March 3-April 30 (Select Dates) – SeaWorld is bringing back international flavors, beverage tastings and live music performances with the return of Southern California’s Seven Seas Food Festival. In addition to hundreds of bites and drinks, guests can enjoy live music and animal exhibits, including dolphins, sea lions, bat rays, flamingos, sea otters and more.
  • Viva La Música: May 5-May 14 (Select Dates) – Experience this family-friendly Latin celebration in a new way with music, fiery flavors, and much more.
  • Arctic Rescue Coaster: Opening in spring – The newest addition to SeaWorld San Diego, Arctic Rescue will be the fastest and longest straddle coaster on the West Coast. This family-friendly multi-launch ride invites guests to hop on a snowmobile and launch at up to 40 mph as they race through to help animals in danger.

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