Mardi Gras Comes to San Diego This Weekend

February 3, 2022, 4:47 PM · Theme park fans in Southern California don't have to fly to Florida for a theme park Mardi Gras festival anymore. SeaWorld San Diego is kicking off its new Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday.

SeaWorld San Diego's Mardi Gras will run on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of February, as well as on Friday, February 18 and Monday, February 21 for the President's Day weekend. (Pause to note the irony that this "Mardi Gras" - Fat Tuesday - will not run on any actual Tuesdays.) The festival will include a twice-daily walking parade featuring a live band and bead-throwing street performers, including jugglers? and jesters, as well as DJs and live musical performances on the park's SkyTower Stage.

"We're thrilled to bring this exciting new event offering to San Diego," SeaWorld San Diego Park President Jim Lake said. "SeaWorld's Mardi Gras will give guests a taste of New Orleans' iconic carnival celebration and fully immerse them in all the colors, flavors, sounds and fun of Mardi Gras with activities suitable for visitors of all ages."

Mardi Gras Gumbo. Photo courtesy SeaWorld

The event also will feature a special food menu, including:

Available desserts will be:

And the adult drink menu includes:

You can save up to $30 on single-day tickets or get a Kids Free offer or choose a free All-Day Dining deal with discounts available on our partner's SeaWorld San Diego tickets page. Discounted Fun Cards also are available.

Okay, so now when do theme park fans in Florida get Lunar New Year?

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February 7, 2022 at 11:55 AM

I used to work with Jim Lake in Disneyland's Outdoor Vending department. He later moved on to run Eastside Attractions (read: Tomorrowland Attractions). He was a great person to work for who treats those who report to him very well, and I think he will be very successful at Sea World San Diego. I wish him all the success, and I'm glad to see him taking the bull by the horns so soon after getting the job.

And here I am just running the security department in a small-town Nevada casino after the years I spent at Disneyland. But Jim DEFINITELY deserves his success. When I first saw the reports that he was taking over at Sea World, it blew me away to know that someone I knew is now in such a position, but he is definitely capable (I exchanged messages with Jim on LinkedIn when I read about his new position, and he was gracious enough to reply and he remembered me from the mid-1990s).

Jim is a good person with a good business head on his shoulders, who doesn't treat those who report to him as somehow inferior. He will listen to ideas and take them to heart. I have no doubt that he can hold his own in a boardroom, but he's a guy who will also make sure to have the backs of his frontline staff.

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