Alton Towers has revealed that Mardi Gras is back at the UK’s biggest Theme Park and it's better than ever with an epic contest.

The popular theme park is to transform the resort into the ultimate street party as the Carnival returns for 2022.

Alongside music, street performers, colour, and food, Alton Towers is offering an incredible ‘money can’t buy experience’ to more than 30 lucky guests.

Here's everything you need to know about the exclusive experience and some tips to give you the edge!

Runcorn and Widnes World: Alton Towers Mardi Gras Carnival parade. Credit: Alton TowersAlton Towers Mardi Gras Carnival parade. Credit: Alton Towers

Alton Towers reveals epic contest as Mardi Gras returns to theme park

Mardi Gras at Alton Towers will run from May 31 to June 19 2022 and will be inspired by the core essence of Mardi Gras which brings together people around the world.

Each themed area of the park will be represented by its own ‘Krewe’, with the brand-new Towers Street Krewe arriving in 2022. 

All of the Krewes will be flamboyantly dressed on a showstopping static parade float and will take to the streets throughout the day for some high-energy and colourful live entertainment.

At the start and end of each day on Towers Street, at the main entrance, the Krewes will come together to give guests a chance to pick their favourite and get into the Mardi Gras spirit!

Each morning of the event, a carnival King and Queen will be chosen from amongst the guests and crowned during a lavish ceremony.

The King and Queen will then be treated like royalty for the entire day with an exclusive VIP package which will include platinum fasttracks, food and retail vouchers, entry to the Alton Towers Dungeons, the best seats in the house for the live shows, plus so much more.

If you want to be in the chance of winning, Alton Towers suggests that you try and stand out from the crowd.

You should "don lots of sparkles, beads, and colour, the brighter the better for the chance to be noticed and chosen," the resort advises.

Runcorn and Widnes World: Mardi Gras at Alton Towers. Credit: Alton TowersMardi Gras at Alton Towers. Credit: Alton Towers

Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world and it invites people from all communities to come together to enjoy music, entertainment, delicious food, parades and parties. 

“We are really excited to see the return of our Mardi Gras inspired takeover at Alton Towers Resort – the core of Mardi Gras worldwide is about bringing people together and celebrating your local community, which is something we are really keen to tap into. We’ve got an incredible line-up of live entertainment, each themed area of the park will be represented by its own Krewe, and every day we will be crowning carnival Kings and Queens in a lavish masquerade ceremony, which we’re sure our guests will love.”

Guests at the resort can also sample the mouthwatering Food Street which will be chock full of delicious treats from Dirty Dogs’ hotdogs and smokery burgers to pulled pork and ribs for a real South American BBQ flavour.

Finish off your royal feats with a traditional Mardi Gras inspired King Cake, fried and glazed to tickle your tastebuds.

For the first time in the resort's history, there will be a truly unique Lakeside bar experience which as floating pontoon seating on the lake and glorious views of the resort. 

Thrill-seekers will also be able to enjoy the world-class rollercoasters and experience the first-class family attractions until the sun goes down.

If you're staying overnight, the fun doesn't stop there!

You'll get access to exclusive live entertainment, food and drink into the evening as well as limited edition Mardi Gras cocktails to wash the fun down.

Runcorn and Widnes World: Alton Towers Mardi Gras parade. Credit: Alton TowersAlton Towers Mardi Gras parade. Credit: Alton Towers

Buy a Merlin Annual Pass for Alton Towers

If you want to party at Alton Towers for Mari Gras, you can purchase your Merlin Annual Pass now!

The Merlin Pass is a one-stop wonder to loads of discounts and attractions, including Alton Towers Resort, SEA LIFE, Thorpe Park Resort, Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and loads more. It gives you 20% off retail, food & beverages.

You can buy your Merlin Pass on the Alton Towers website here.