Mardi Gras makes an extravagant return to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2021

Get ready for an exciting season of beads, beignets and gumbo, because Mardi Gras is returning to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

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Photos courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The celebration takes place on weekends and select dates from Jan. 16 – Feb. 16. It will feature live music, street performers and open-air entertainment. Reservations are require for entry to the park due to limited capacity, and can be made at

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Mardi Gras-inspired food will also be available during the festivities. Some signature dishes include jambalaya, shrimp po’ boys as well as fresh beignets. Additionally, a number of signature cocktails like the Hurricane will be offered. Mardi Gras Sampler Lanyards offer the best opportunity to enjoy multiple culinary options. Starting at $34.99, 5-punch lanyards, 10-punch lanyards, and exclusive Pass Member 12-punch lanyards will be available for purchase.

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More limited-capacity special events returning to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2021:

  • Sesame Street Kids Weekends: Jan. 30 – Feb. 14
  • Food & Wine Festival: Friday through Sunday, Feb. 20 – April 25

For a limited time, guests who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card will save over $60 and will also receive an Adventure Island Fun Card at no additional charge.

Busch Gardens requires face covering for all guests ages 2 and up. Guests must undergo temperature screening prior to entry, and physical distancing is encouraged at all times. To learn more about the increased sanitation and safety measures, click here.

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