Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras Event 2022 Guide

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!  It’s time to let the good times roll, New Orleans style!  Because Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida has a great Mardi Gras event this year!

It started back on January 8, 2022.  It runs through March 6, 2022.  It takes place on weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

There are a lot of really fun things going on at this event, which I want to talk about.  And then I will tell you how to save money on your tickets!


Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras just doesn’t feel like Mardi Gras without a parade, right?  So if you want to see a Mardi Gras parade at Busch Gardens, then head to the Bird Garden.  This lively and upbeat parade has entertainers, musicians, and stilt walkers.

Bead Garden

You won’t want to leave a Mardi Gras celebration without having beads to take home.  So head to Bead Garden so you and your family can catch some beads!

Brass Band

You’ll feel like you’re at the French Quarter when you hear this great music!  You can hear New Orleans style jazz music and Bourbon Street beats at the Bird Garden.

Live Local Music

Local music groups round out the great entertainment at this Mardi Gras event.

Specialty Dining

There are eight different Mardi Gras locations throughout the park.  You can get special Mardi Gras-themed food and drinks at these markets.  You can even get artisan crafts, too!

I’m going to tell you about each one, but first I want to tell you about the Food & Beverage Sampler.  You can buy a 5-item or a 10-item food & beverage sampler.  It is a great way to try out some of the foods and drinks at a discounted price.  Click here to buy one of these food and beverage samplers.

Now onto the Mardi Gras markets!


  • 2 or 4 packs of Mardi Gras Cupcakes
  • Rum Tastings
  • Artisan Crafts

Sweet Beignets

  • Beignets
    • Traditional Powdered Sugar
    • Banana Foster
    • Woodford Reserve Chocolate Drizzle
  • Smoked Bourbon Peach Sour Cocktail

Jackson Square

  • Impossible Dirty Rice
    • Impossible meat with Green Onions, Spices of New Orleans
  • Shrimp & Grits
    • Cajun Garlic Shrimp, Tasso Ham, Stone Ground Grit, and Smoked Cheddar
  • Creole-Style Jambalaya
    • Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Green Onions & Tomatoes
  • Spiced Vanilla Old-Fashioned Cocktail
    • Woodford Reserve, Vanilla & Bitters


  • Traditional Hurricane
    • Served Frozen or Iced
    • For $3.50, you can spike it

Esplanade Street Bites

  • Smoked Peppered Brisket
    • New Orleans Kettle Chip, Chipotle Cream & Green Onions
  • Smoked Chicken Po’boy
    • Bourbon BBQ, Crisp Lettuce & Pickles
  • Shrimp Po’boy
    • Crispy Shrimp, Creole Remoulade, Pickles & Crisp Cabbage
  • Smoked Bloody Mary Cocktail
    • Tito’s Vodka, Fresh Lemon & Hickory

Giraffe Bar

  • Hurricanes
  • Frozen Cocktails
  • Cocktails on Tap
  • Select Draft Beers

NOLA Creamery

  • French Quarter Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake Waffle Cone
    • Chocolate Drizzle & Mardi Gras Sprinkles
  • The Mardi Gras Waffle Cone Sundae
    • Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Drizzle, Popcorn, Whipped Topping & Wild Morello Cherries
  • Bourbon Street Cream and Cookie
    • Choice of Ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie & Chocolate Drizzle

Bayou Beverage

  • Frozen Cocktails
    • Piña Colada
    • Strawberry Daiquri
    • Gold Coin Mojito
    • Tampa Vice
    • Green Fairy Margarita

Busch Gardens Tampa Discount Tickets

Admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Mardi Gras event is included in the price of admission!

And if you want to save money on admission, click here.  You can save up to $55 on your tickets by buying your ticket there!