Mardi Gras in Lake County, Illinois

I have always wanted to go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the costumes, dancing and parades. Oh what fun it would be. Well since I can’t get down to New Orleans and I found plenty of places around Lake County to celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday!

Fat Tuesday at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark ResortA few years ago, I stopped by KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, and took in their Fat Tuesday celebration. I didn’t know what to expect, but once things kicked off, I was pleasantly surprised. The KeyLime Cove staff does an excellent job with the parade down Duval Street in the main lobby. Each department decorates their own float and the parade kicks off with their general manager all dressed up leading the float. They were throwing candy and beads to the kids and adults the cooks were making burgers on their float and handing them out. The kids and adults were both really into. Check out the video for yourself to see how much fun I had.

This year KeyLime Cove has a special rate of $119.95. Continue here for their package. As they say in the Big Easy: “Laissez les bon temps rouler”… let the good times roll! The special KeyLime Cove Fat Tuesday Celebration holds many surprises around every corner of the resort. The package includes: Admission to Lost Paradise Indoor Waterpark, Overnight accommodations in a Queen Deluxe Stateroom, Live entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. with Banjo Buddies Dixieland Quartet, $20 arcade credit, Performance by juggler Andy Head, 7:00 p.m., Sunset Festival Mardi Gras Parade, 8:00 p.m., King cake immediately following the parade, Energy Productions Dance Party, 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.
 and Mardi Gras crafts and “fun-tivities”.

Now that sounds like a good time for both the kids and adults.

Other Mardi Gras specials:

It’s Mardi Gras Time at Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda
– Enjoy cajun food and drink specials

Mardi Gras Specials at the Savanna House in Wadsworth
– Stop by for a taste of Mardi Gras. Enjoy a choice of Bourbon Street Platters for $16.95, that include corn bread and King cake. Find a baby in the cake and win a gift. There will also be Gumbo and Hurricanes on special. Please call for reservations. There will also be live jazz bands.

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