[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This weekend saw the dazzling sights and sounds of Mardi Gras return to Alton Towers Resort, as the second event of the year got underway, bringing with it a variety of entertainment and special food options.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once again at the centre of the event are the colourful ‘Krewes’, which each take inspiration from an area of the theme park. New for 2022 is the Towers Street Krewe who are based at the bottom of Towers Street, opposite the Front Lawns. This Krewe has an impressive static parade float which features the Resort’s iconic colours of purple, gold and red, with each Krewe member dressed in bright neon costumes that could be said to call-back to past attraction Toyland Tours.[/vc_column_text]

[vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A surprise addition, having not been advertised ahead of the event, is the Walliams Krewe, which features features Beefeaters, royal guards, ballroom dancers and royalists. The unexpected inclusion of this Krewe suggests they may have been a late, but obviously welcome, expansion of the event’s entertainments line-up.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The rest of the Krewes, including the Walliams Krewe, can firstly be found on Towers Street in the morning, before moving on to their home areas during the day, and once again include the Katanga Krewe, Mutiny Bay Krewe, Forbidden Valley Krewe, X-Sector Krewe, and Voodoo Krewe. The static parade floats for these returning Krewes are as seen during 2021, with just some minor enhancements and a relocation in the case of the Katanga Krewe. However, it does seem as though each Krewe has a few more members than last year, helping to give them more of a presence, especially when they each perform their dance show. The shows are timed for approximately every hour, starting either at 11:00am or 11:30am in order to stagger performances – all show times are listed on the Resort’s app. This gives guests a better opportunity to catch the entertainment as they enjoy their day in the theme park. Having still had to consider social distancing guidelines last year, the opportunity for more guest interaction with the Krewes this year has been a further benefit to the event’s atmosphere.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At the end of the day, all Krewes join a walking parade around the lake, ending back on Towers Street – a great new addition for 2022, that provides an energy-filled final moment to round-off guests’ days.[/vc_column_text]