Busch Gardens plans major Mardi Gras celebrations

Mardi Gras is back at Busch Gardens Tampa! Festivities, including tasty treats and parades, will take place every weekend at the park now through March 6. In addition to Mardi Gras, Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series has returned with all-new music performances, Tuesday – Sunday through February 27. Save room for King Cake, y’all.

The planned live entertainment series include world-class tributes, musical performances and chart-topping artists from the greatest musical eras. Grab a seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live at Busch Gardens. 


Through January 16, guests can enjoy a massive Eagles tribute. On the horizon is a Bob Seger tribute band, All-4-One R&B, and a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute group. You can see a full lineup, and reserve tickets to shows online.

There’s more to look forward to at the park in 2022.

Photo from the top of a massive roller coaster on purple tracks

Get ready for one of the biggest thrills in the world! Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced that Iron Gwazi will open as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world in March 2022, in time for Spring Break.  

This ride is for the most adamant thrill seekers around. 

The new ride will take thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting attraction that thrill-seeking families can take on together.


This wild roller coaster attraction is the most anticipated ride of the year, according to USA Today.

Need something to nosh on while you visit Busch Gardens? A brand new Giraffe Bar offering panoramic safari views has opened at the theme park. 

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