SeaWorld San Diego Mardi Gras 2023 Guide

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This year you don’t have to go across the country to New Orleans, Louisiana to enjoy Mardi Gras.  Instead, you can experience a wonderful Mardi Gras celebration right in San Diego, California.  And you can do this by going to SeaWorld San Diego!

Yes, SeaWorld San Diego is holding a Mardi Gras event this year!  It takes place on weekends and will run through February 26, 2023.  It also takes place on President’s Day (Monday, February 20, 2023).  You’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite animal interactions, rides, presentations, and attractions while also enjoying a fun Mardi Gras party.

So what kind of festivities can you expect at SeaWorld’s Mardi Gras celebration?

Mardi Gras Welcome Show

The Grand Dame of Mardi Gras kicks off SeaWorld’s Mardi Gras Festivities in a fun musical number performed several times daily over at the SkyTower Stage.

Mardi Gras Processional

Want to be part of the celebration?  Well, guests are welcome to walk with SeaWorld performers as they make their way to the SkyTower Stage for the Mardi Gras Welcome Show!

Tunnel of Lights

Thought the holiday season was the only time you could walk through a tunnel of lights?  Think again!  There’ll be a Mardi Gras-music-activated tunnel of over 5,000 colorful, shimmering lights.  Warning: you might be inspired to dance or take a selfie when walking through here.

Louisiana Bayou Laser Light Show

Each night at the front of the park you can enjoy a colorful laser light show set to a festive soundtrack that is fitting for a Mardi Gras event.

Mardi Gras Circus Performers

The San Diego Circus Center will be taking over SkyTower Lawn!  Stilt-walkers,  jugglers, and contortionists will be putting on great performances all ages can enjoy.

Mardi Gras Performers

But the San Diego Circus Center performers won’t be the only performers on hand for this event.  SeaWorld’s own performers will not only be performing but they’re also leading family-friendly games and activities over at the SkyTower Lawn.  You can even get your face painted!

Good Time Jazz Band & DJ Performances

The Good Time Jazz Band on the SkyTower is back by popular demand!  They’ll be playing New Orleans-inspired Jazz and Dixieland music that are perfect for Mardi Gras.  And you’ll be able to dance the night away as the SeaWorld DJ plays some great music.

Mardi Gras Food & Drinks

And finally, what is a great SeaWorld event without food and drinks?  So of course they have some great things available at this event!  You’ll find them (where else?) at SkyTower Lawn!


  • Roast Beef Po’ Boy with Debris Gravy
    • Pulled Roast Beef with Provolone Cheese, Mayonnaise, Shredded Lettuce, and Tomato on a French Roll
  • Shrimp Po’ Boy
    • Shrimp, Tomato, Shredded Lettuce & Cajun Remoulade on a French Roll
  • Muffuletta Sandwich
    • Salami, Provolone Cheese & Olive Tapenade on Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta Bread
  • Andouille Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya
    • Cajun “Trinity”, Spices & Tomato
  • Plant-Based Dirty Rice
    • Plant-Based Meat, Lentils & Cajun “Trinity”
  • Hush Puppies
    • Southern Hush Puppies with a Spicy Boom-Boom Sauce
  • Beignets dusted in powdered sugar
  • Pecan Praline King Cake with Sweet Cinnamon and Pecan Praline Filling


  • Traditional Hurricane
    • Flor de Caña Rum, Lime Juice, Passionfruit, Cherry & Grenadine
  • Mint Julep
    • Bourbon Whiskey & Mint
  • Traditional New Orleans Chicory Coffee

SeaWorld Mardi Gras Discount Tickets

A great thing about this event is that it is included in the cost of general admission.  You can click here to save up to $40 on tickets.