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SeaWorld Orlando goes full-on Mardi Gras during Seven Seas Food Festival

by Susan and Simon Veness

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is in full swing, but the party really kicks off from Feb. 12-16 and 19-21 with the scintillating sights, sizzling sounds, and fabulous flavors of Mardi Gras!

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Fat Tuesday lands on Feb. 16 this year, but SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating for more than a week as Mardi Gras joins the park’s annual Seven Seas Food Festival, with live music, a street party, parades, and tantalizing tastes inspired by New Orleans favorites.

The Mardi Gras celebration takes place from 12:30-6 p.m. at various locations around the park. In particular, watch for:

  • Pop-Up Parade: Wild Arctic Plaza is the place to be when entertainers, bead captains, stilt walkers, and musicians perform in a special pop-up parade.
  • Jazz Band: It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without the jazz and Cajun sounds of New Orleans, and a live band brings the party to life.
  • Street Party: Speaking of parties, Wild Arctic Plaza is the hottest spot in the park when a DJ, street performer, and a physically distanced dance party unleash the Bourbon Street vibe.
  • Gulf Coast Flavors: When is it okay to have powdered sugar all over your face? When you’re digging into those classic Nawlin’s treats, crispy-sweet beignets! Enjoy other traditional favorites too, including po-boys and southern libations (11:30 a.m. – park close).

In addition, 10 more Bayside Stadium concerts have been added to the Seven Seas Food Festival line up, taking place during Mardi Gras days:

Saturday, February 13

  • 2 p.m.: Let It Be – Beatles Tribute
  • 4 p.m.: U.S. Stones – Rolling Stones Tribute
  • 6 p.m.: Absolute Queen – Queen Tribute

Sunday, February 14

  • 2 p.m.: Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez Tribute
  • 4 p.m.: One More Time – Britney Spears Tribute
  • 6 p.m.: Born This Way – Lady Gaga Tribute

Saturday, February 20

  • 2 p.m.: Renegade – Styx Tribute
  • 4 p.m.: Smokin’ – Boston Tribute
  • 6 p.m.: Best of Both Worlds – Van Halen with Sammy Hagar Tribute

Sunday, February 21

  • 6 p.m.: Chris Jansen

For more information, head to SeaWorld.com/Orlando.

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