News 19/05/2022

Mardi Gras Arrives at Thorpe Park

Posted By Josh

Today marked the start of one of Thorpe Park's new events for 2022 - Mardi Gras! Promising Louisiana vibes through a variety of on-park entertainment and authentic street food, this promised to bring a really party atmosphere to the park.

The event is primarily based in and around Angry Birds Land, with a main stage set up in front of Detonator, a smaller stage outside the entrance to Nemesis Inferno, and a multitude of food stalls around the area too.

 

Entertainment

Like with the Mardi Gras event in Louisana, the park have decided to introduce a variety of 'Krewes' for the event. There are four of these Krewes, each based on a resort attraction: Tidal Wave, Stealth, Rumba Rapids and Nemesis Inferno. These Krewes wear costumes styled to match the theme of their rides.

One of the main pieces of entertainment for Mardi Gras is the parade! Running 3 times a day, the parade starts by Depth Charge, goes past Flying Fish and into Amity, before looping round the Mardi Gras and back where it came. The parade showcases all of the Krewes, as well as the 'royals' of Mardi Gras, including the king and queen, and features a variety of vehicles. The parade showcases each of the Krewes, and features singing and dancing.

 

The other main entertainment piece is a 15-20 minute 'Crowning of the Krewes' show, on the main stage by Detonator. Here, each of the 4 Krewes perform a song and dance routine, before the crowd vote for their favourite to crown the new King or Queen of Mardi Gras. We really enjoyed this show, and is definitely something that has been missing from the Thorpe Park line up for a long time. We particular liked the Stealth Krewe, who sang Rihanna's Shut Up and Drive, but changed the lyric "'Cause it's 0 to 60 in 3.5" to "'Cause it's 0 to 80 in 2.3"...matching one of Stealth's advertised accelerations!

 

Alongside this, there's a variety of smaller acts that take place on the mini stage, related to the Krewes. Moreover, there's Jazz and Drum bands which will perform on selected dates as well!

Food!

 

Mardi Gras literally translates to "Fat Tuesday" (the event in New Orleans takes place just before Lent, akin to Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!), so what would a Mardi Gras event be without food? The park had invited us along to sample a variety of the food offerings that will be available for the event. These are available from either the Mardi Gras food stalls, or from selected restaurants on park - leaflets are available on park telling you where you can get certain food.

 

We sampled Po Boys, Cajun Mac and Cheese, Mardi Gras cupcakes, chipotle chicken pizza and much, much more. We think all of it was delicious, and reasonably priced for theme park food. Do note that Annual Pass discount is not available on food from the Mardi Gras food stalls!

 

(Please be aware that the photos of the food options are free sample sizes - they do not represent the size of a full, paid portion!)

Bottom Line

Mardi Gras is a different event to anything the park have done recently. The Mardi Gras hub has a huge party vibe, with something always going on, and the mix of new entertainment and food options to fantastic. It's clear that a lot of time, effort and money has gone into planning the event, which has resulted in a great final product. There's some fantastic and catchy new music in the area, and all in this is a cracking event that's well worth visiting! 

 

We want to thank the resort for inviting us along and for their hospitality. We also want to give a big shout out to all the actors, who performed exceptionally well on the first day of the event in hot temperatures.

 

Mardi Gras is running daily until 19th June 2022!



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