Mardi Gras

It looks like Alton Towers has taken it from the streets, and Mardi Gras is missing from the 2024 event line up.

Alton Towers Mardi Gras Logo Alton Towers took it to the streets with their own special brand of Mardi Gras.

Each morning, Towers Street burst into life, as guests were welcomed to the park with the Towers Street Party, where they are entertained by a host of colourful krewes.

Each krewe represents a different park area, each with their own style and moves to compete for guests’ attention. Once the street party ended, in the afternoon the krewes could be found on Food Street, performing alongside floats representing each area.

A day in the world of Mardi Gras concluded with a parade back to Towers Street, starting at Food Street at 6pm.

Food Street

Food Street was a whole land of food along the path in front of the Towers ruins. A range of speciality food trucks and stalls lined the street, offering a range of event-specific treats.

Entertainment was also on hand throughout the day at the Preservation Hall Stage, flanked on one side by the double-decker Mardi Bar, with a Slush Cocktail van on the other.

2023’s Food Street line-up included:

  • Jambalaya Creek
  • Po’Boy and Chips
  • Ghost Train Smokery
  • Deli
  • King’s Cakes, Doughnuts and Ice Cream
  • Cafe Beignet
  • Coffee and Crepes

On the other side of the lake, near Spinball Whizzer, the smaller French Quarter Stage offered live music during the event, with its own mini-Mardi Bar, in case you want to wet your whistle.

Event History

Mardi Gras debuted in 2021, bringing a carnival atmosphere to the park with its colourful krewes. In its original iteration, the festival floats were set up across the park, in each of the Krewe’s home areas (or Fountain Square for the Voodoo Krewe).

In 2022, the Towers Street Krewe were added to the event’s line-up, as well as a new pontoon on Alton Towers’ iconic lake, which offered a floating seating area for the double-decker Mardi Bar. The pontoon was short-lived and did not return in 2023, with the X Sector Krewe also not returning. The rest of the festival’s floats and krewes were relocated to the area around Food Street, offering a much more condensed event, between Towers Street and the Towers.