6 Reasons To Experience Mardi Gras At Universal Orlando

February 1, 2019
Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Orlando

If you love catching countless beads from vibrant parade floats, eating delicious authentic N’awlins style food and listening to some of the biggest names in music then Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is the place for you.

The best part Florida Residents? You don’t have to fly to New Orleans to have that authentic Mardi Gras celebration because it’s right in your backyard.

1. Live Concerts with Some Of The Biggest Names In Music

First and foremost, on select nights, you can watch some of the biggest names in music take to the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios Florida for unforgettable performances. Click here to see this year’s concert line-up.

*Blockout dates apply for Seasonal Passholders on all concert event nights at Universal Studios Florida. You will still receive access to Universal Islands of Adventure.

Insider Tip: Head over to the Music Plaza stage early to get up close and find a nice spot in the grass for the nightly concert. Visiting with a group? Take turns grabbing your fill of N’awlins inspired food & spirits for the best picnic ever.

2. Universal Mardi Gras Parade

Universal's Mardi Gras - Arctic Parade Float Rendering
Universal's Mardi Gras - Jungle Parade Float Rendering
Universal's Mardi Gras - Birds Parade Float Rendering
Universal's Mardi Gras - Insect Parade Float Rendering
Universal's Mardi Gras - Ocean Parade Float Rendering
Universal's Mardi Gras - Swamp Parade Float Rendering

Enjoy a nightly parade featuring fan-favorite floats like King Gator and newly themed ones too. And no Mardi Gras parade would be complete without the festive performers and BEADS!

Passholders can also enjoy the parade from a special viewing area in front of Mel’s Drive-In. Don’t worry! No matter where you’re viewing the parade from, be prepared to catch beads by the handful.

Interested in riding and tossing beads from the Mardi Gras parade floats? Passholders can sign up for a chance to be a Mardi Gras float rider with up to five guests! Visit the sign-up page here.

Insider Tip: Love catching and collecting Mardi Gras beads from the parade floats? Make your way towards the Horror Makeup Show to catch both the beginning and the end of the parade.

3. Dig Into N’awlins Style Delicious Food

Universal's Mardi Gras - Gumbo
Universal's Mardi Gras - Beignets
Universal's Mardi Gras - Jambalaya
Universal's Mardi Gras Food - Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Po Boy

Make your way to the French Quarter Courtyard located in the New York area, loosen up your belt and get ready to try a wide variety of mouthwatering bite-sized Cajun favorites including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, Andouille sausage, sugary-sweet beignets, and more!

4. Live Entertainment and Performers

Girl having fun at Universal Mardi Gras with characters

Visit the French Quarter Courtyard and join in the Mardi Gras celebration as you encounter stilt walkers, dancers, colorful parade characters and more wandering the streets.

Don’t forget, not only do the Mardi Gras characters carry extra beads, they love to interact with you and take photos. So make sure your camera is handy and don’t be shy to ask for a photo.

5. Big Easy Tunes in the French Quarter

universal mardi gras street performers with authentic Mardi Gras blues

Now that you have a full stomach and a drink in hand, stick around the French Quarter to hear the signature sounds of authentic Big Easy bands.

6. Have The Time Of Your Life!

Whether you’re coming for a day of family-friendly fun, or to wild out with friends, start the countdown now. Get ready to find your inner party-animal with us at Mardi Gras!

Tell us about some of your favorite experiences at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras in the comments below. And make sure to share your Mardi Gras moments on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #UniversalMardiGras.

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  • Reply Helen February 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Universal Studios should open ups RV Resort just like Disney Fort Wilderness!!!!

  • Reply Therese Palmer March 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I celebrate my Birthday at Mardi Grad every year and have always had so much Fun. The Mardi Gras members have been wonderful and showing me a good time. My birthday is March 11.

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