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Mardi Gras Coming to Additional Six Flags Parks


Mardi Gras Event at SFGA  

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  1. 1. Would you like to see a Mardi Gras event added to Six Flags Great Adventure's event offerings?

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Six Flags CEO John Duffey made the following comment at the 2017 First Quarter Conference Call this past week:

Our new Mardi Gras events which we launched at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Six Flags Mexico in the first quarter were very successful. The combination of parades featuring real Mardi Gras floats, entertainers and special Cajun cuisine was a huge hit with our guests, and we anticipate rolling this event out to a few more parks in 2017.[/size]


Would you like to see a Mardi Gras event added to Six Flags Great Adventure's event offerings?[/size]

Here a sample of Six Flags Fiesta Texas' event:

 

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I think this would be good in a few different aspects. Besides entertainment it also would give some street entertainment, different/more food options, and guest interaction(beads) would seem to be a win for various reasons for the park.

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Here is the other comment from John Duffey during the earnings call:

So, as it relates to Mardi Gras, probably a little bit too early to tell in terms of the successes that relates to season passes. These events, they build over time. But I think, it was a little bit of a driver for our season pass, but I think going forward, gives people another reason to come to the park, multiple visits per year, all the more reason to buy a season pass.

 

So, we're very pleased with what we've seen in terms of the attendance during the period of time that we had Mardi Gras at both of these parks, and the in park spend, which has turned out very nice. So, overall, we're very pleased with the Mardi Gras.

The beauty of Mardi Gras is that you can actually do it at any time during the year, it doesn't have to be in March. So, I think, we've got the ability to roll this out to other parks to take the infrastructure that we have – the floats, some of the food stands, and actually move that around to parks throughout the year.

 

So, I think, we're going to probably see a further roll out to maybe a couple parks in 2017, and based on the success of that, we might expand to even more parks in 2018.

 

 

I thinks its a bit of a stretch for Great Adventure, but for SFA yes; probably Great America too.

 

I agree, as much as I would like to see the event here, I am not sure it will happen this year. I do like the idea of reusing the floats and food stands by shipping them across the country to different parks throughout the year. Great America almost seems purpose built for this event. They have a well established parade route that runs through the Orleans Place and Mardi Gras sections of the park.

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Unlike most parks, GADV isn't built like a loop or wagon wheel. For example, SFOT and SFMM are laid out as loops, while MK is laid out like a wagon wheel. While GADV has a layout similar to a point to point to point style model railroad setup, (basically a giant railyard with lots of dead end branches and few to no loops). Obviously a loop layout is better for a parade.

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Unlike most parks, GADV isn't built like a loop or wagon wheel. For example, SFOT and SFMM are laid out as loops, while MK is laid out like a wagon wheel. While GADV has a layout similar to a point to point to point style model railroad setup, (basically a giant railyard with lots of dead end branches and few to no loops). Obviously a loop layout is better for a parade.

Yeah - there are no roads/paths that navigate or circulate continuously around SFGA. So parades are not something that work well there. It was set up with basically a T shape and two spines, although the main entrance spine changed locations not long after it opened. You basically have to wonder around SFGA randomly to get anywhere you want to go, and there are way too many dead ends where you have to stop and turn around when you run out of park. I hope some of that is rectified when they finish the 4D ride and reopen some pathways.

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I was listening to the recent Goldman Sacks investors presentation on the Six Flags Investors Relations site and CEO John Duffey was talking about how successful this event has been so far. He said two parks will have a Mardi Gras event this summer and we already know one of the parks is SFStL. My guess is that SFGam gets the event in mid August through early Sept after SFStL is done with the floats. I think Six Flags might buy two more sets of floats next year to expand the event to another 6 or 7 parks.

 

This year:

SFMexico floats stay in Mexico due to shipping expenses and customs paperwork.

SFFT floats goto SFStL and then SFGam

 

Next Year:

The first set of new floats goto SFDK then SFMM and SFOT

The second set of new floats goto SFOG, then SFA, then SFGAdv, and then possibly SFNE

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I saw it on Twitter.  It would fit the Mardi Gras area really well.  I just wish Great Adventure would get one, it would add so much more excitement to the Spring months at the park.

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The pathway that goes past where Cyborg is being built could work as a small loop of sorts around Movie Town, but until now its always been closed off.  Or they could just run the parade from one end of the park (or midway) to the other, similar to what they do during FF.

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20 hours ago, harry2004 said:

i dont know if we getting a mardi gras event but i think the blue mark is for a mardi gras parade so maybe a mardi gras festival is possible

It leads to the Northern Star Arena I believe. It's probably to help guests get to a concert.

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