Alton Towers Resort is getting all dressed up with beads and bunting as it prepares to host the first ever Mardi Gras inspired takeover from 22 May – 20 June.

To kick off a fun-packed summer of thrills, the brand-new carnival style celebration is set to dazzle, thanks to an explosion of colours, sounds, high energy entertainment and so much more.

The Resort will be transformed with music, street performers, colour, and food, creating a fantabulous feel-good atmosphere. Each themed area of the park will be represented by its own flamboyantly dressed ‘Krewe’ with its own static parade float. Throughout the day, each Krewe will be ‘takin it to the streets’ for some high-energy live entertainment filling the streets with all the colours and energy that Mardi Gras has to offer.

Each morning, a carnival King and Queen will be chosen from amongst the guests and crowned during a lavish masquerade ceremony on Towers Street. Once anointed, the King and Queen will be treated like VIPs for the entire day, so guests are encouraged to don lots of sparkles, beads, and colour, the brighter the better for the chance to be noticed and chosen.

The Resort has also launched an appeal to find five local heroes from the across the UK to be crowned carnival King or Queen – to nominate a local hero, people need to share a video on TikTok explaining who they want to nominate and why they deserve to be crowned King or Queen. All entries need to tag @officialaltontowers and use #MardiGrasKingandQueen and must be posted for midday on Friday 14 May 2021.

Mardi Gras is a celebration to indulge all the senses and the taste buds are no exception. Guests can enjoy a variety of utterly delicious food from around the world including Greek street food, a Chinese noodle bar and stonebaked pizza, plus much more.

Guests will also have the chance to ride the Resort’s thrilling world-class rollercoasters and experience the first-class family attractions as the sun goes down.

Mardi Gras is the first in a series of thrilliant festivities this season to celebrate unforgettable adventures, spending time with friends and family, and making memories together at Britain’s greatest escape.

Mardi Gras will take place from 22 May – 20 June. For more information and to book, visit: altontowers.com/explore/events/mardi-gras/