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 Saturdays and Sundays.  It begins on January 27, 2024, and will run through February 25, 2024.  It also takes place on Friday (February 16, 2024) and Monday (February 20, 2023) during President’s Day weekend.  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 Opening Ceremony

The King and Queen of Mardi Gras kick off SeaWorld’s Mardi Gras Festivities in a fun performance 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.


Fun performers will be taking over SkyTower Lawn!  Stilt-walkers,  jugglers, and contortionists will be putting on great performances all ages can enjoy.

Mardi Gras Activities

There are family-friendly games and activities near the SkyTower Stage.  And at the SkyTower lawn, you can enjoy a bead toss or 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 Cajun Remoulade, Shredded Lettuce, and Tomato on a French Roll
  • Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy
    • Shrimp, Tomato, Shredded Lettuce & Cajun Remoulade on a French Roll
  • Muffuletta Sandwich
    • Turkey, Salami, Provolone Cheese & Olive Salad on Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta Bread
  • Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo
    • with Rice
  • Andouille Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya
    • Cajun “Trinity”, Tomato & Spices
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Arugula & Vegan Cajun Sauce
  • Hush Puppies
    • with Honey Butter
  • Beignets dusted in powdered sugar & topped with chocolate
  • Lemon Flavored Mardi Gras Bundt Cake


  • Traditional Hurricane
    • White & Dark Rum, Triple Sec, Passionfruit, Sweet and Sour
  • Blue Raspberry French 75
    • Gin, Blue Raspberry, Prosecco & Pink Lemonade
  • Purple Haze Abita Brewing Raspberry Lager
  • Café Du Monde Coffee
  • Mint Julep Mocktail

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 $45 on tickets.