Macklemore, Pitbull and More Performing at Universal’s Mardi Gras 2019

January 10, 2019
Mardi Gras Concert

The start of a new year is upon us. Time to set those New Year’s resolutions, start planning out your year, and most importantly, get ready for Universal’s Mardi Gras. This year’s event returns Feb. 9 – April 4 to Universal Studios Florida with nightly parades, live concerts on select nights, Cajun food and drinks and beads, beads and more beads!

Let’s dive into the star-studded concert lineup with new and returning fan-favorites. Catch these live performances on select nights at the Music Plaza Stage.

Concert Lineup

  • February 9 – BUSH
  • February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
  • February 17 – Dan + Shay
  • February 23 – Macklemore
  • March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter
  • March 9 – Becky G
  • March 10 – Sean Paul
  • March 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • March 17 – Ziggy Marley
  • March 23 – NF
  • March 24 – Pitbull
  • March 30 – Bazzi
  • March 31 – Prince Royce

New Nighttime Parade Theme

The nightly parade returns with 12 floats, beads, colorful dancers and stilt performers. This year’s new theme is one of my all-time favorites – Party Animals! You’ll see floats and performers dressed as their spirit animals from all over the world like the arctic, jungle, ocean, swamp and more.

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

French Quarter Food and Drinks

The French Quarter Courtyard is getting a new culinary twist this year. All food and drinks will be served in tasting sizes. You’ll now be able to enjoy a variety of the New Orleans dishes during your visit.

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - King Cake.

To add to the excitement, our culinary team has whipped up new and returning fan-favorite food and drink options. We’re talking beignets, crab etouffee, and crawfish! Plus, we’re going to have a signature Mardi Gras cocktail, craft beer and more. Stay tuned to the blog for more mouthwatering details.

French Quarter Entertainment Lineup

You can’t have the French Quarter Courtyard without the beats of the Big Easy. Catch these authentic New Orleans bands performing daily in the French Quarter.

  • February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band 

Special Ticket and Annual Pass Offers

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

This spring we’ve got the perfect way for Florida residents to experience ANY day of Mardi Gras and Universal Orlando thrills and excitement. For a limited time get 3 days for just $159.99 plus tax with a valid promo code from Coca-Cola or Coke Zero Sugar now through April 4, 2019. You can use your three days anytime now through June 30, 2019. That means no blockout dates and you can use them non-consecutively. Click here for more details and ticket options.

OR you can upgrade to an Annual Pass* to enjoy the parks all year long and our special events like Mardi Gras. Right now – April 4, you get up to six months free with the purchase of any Annual Pass. That’s a whole year now and up to half a year free! Click here for details.

Plus, Passholders get awesome perks during Mardi Gras like an exclusive parade viewing area, float riding opportunities and more.

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

Grab your tickets and get ready to party with us at Mardi Gras! Don’t forget to share with #UniversalMardiGras on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Reply Social Media Team January 12, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Irene!

    We appreciate your feedback regarding our Mardi Gras lineup. Thank you for your feedback, we will be sure to document it.

  • Reply RHB January 14, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for this information! Can someone tell me whether Seasonal Annual Passholders are entitled to access the special passholder viewing area for Mardi Gras parades, or whether that area is only for higher levels of passholder? Thank you!

  • Reply Maureen Gault January 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    When is the RSVP sheet coming out to sign up to ride on one of the Mardi Gras floasts. I try every year and it’s either filled up immediately or I never hear from you after I sign up.

    • Reply Social Media Team January 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Stay tuned for any further announcements!

  • Reply Scott January 16, 2019 at 10:06 am

    what time are the concerts?

    • Reply Social Media Team January 16, 2019 at 10:14 am

      Hey, Scott! The concerts are scheduled to begin at 8:30PM.

  • Reply norm January 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    My favorite band is To Be Announced.

  • Reply Kristina Licari January 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    When will the TBA concerts going to be posted?

  • Reply PAUL RHODES January 24, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Question. My gf and 3 children are FL residents. I am not. I live in GA. we are planning on purchasing 5 annual passes. Can she buy my annual pass at FL resident discounted rate?

    • Reply Social Media Team January 24, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Hello, verification of residency is required to purchase Annual Passes, and may be one of the following: a Florida driver’s license; a Florida state-issued ID card (must have Florida address); a Florida voter’s registration card with corresponding picture ID; or a college ID from a Florida college or university.

  • Reply Sonya Madden January 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Is there any meet and greet options for any of the performers?

  • Reply Social Media Team January 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Sonya! We do not offer meet and greet for performers at this time.

  • Reply Manny January 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Hi! Bring Kool and the Gang and KC and the Sunshine band back. They are the best!

  • Reply maria February 5, 2019 at 10:46 am

    I’m preferred pasholder, can we go to the concert? we need to buy a ticket?

  • Reply Social Media Team February 5, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Hi Maria! Admission to our Mardi Gras concerts is included with your Preferred Annual Pass.

  • Reply D. Keever February 7, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Can I see the Steve Miller Band on March 16th with my Preferred Annual Pass?

    • Reply Social Media Team February 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Hey! Yes, you can. 🙂

  • Reply clarisa delgado February 16, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    can i go see pitbull with my preffered pass?

    • Reply Social Media Team February 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Clarisa! Yes, there are no block out dates at Universal Studios Florida for our Preferred Annual Passes, so you would be able to see Pitbull with that pass.

      • Reply Dennis martin March 19, 2019 at 10:31 pm

        I would like to visit the park this Sunday(3-24-19)do some rides and stay for PitBull .
        But all my friends have other plans 🥴 I don’t really want to go by myself but I already have my my heart set on going.
        Any takers to meet somewhere in the park .

  • Reply Jamela February 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    What time do they close the gates for universal studios on concert nights? Does it make a difference if you are an annual passholder?

    • Reply Social Media Team February 17, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Hi there, Jamela! All of our park hours are posted on the website.

  • Reply cynthia March 7, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Are the Park hours extended during Mardi gras? specifically this saturday, 3/9?

    • Reply Social Media Team March 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Hi, Cynthia!
      A calendar of our park hours can be found here:

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