Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is back starting Feb. 5, and with it comes the return of live concerts, a Mardi Gras parade and delicious cuisine inspired by diverse flavors from around the world.
This year’s event highlights include:
Mardi Gras Concert Series & Live Music
Music legend Diana Ross, Khalid, Marshmello, and 12 other top artists will perform live on select nights during Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. All concerts will take place at the Music Plaza stage set against the backdrop of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
The lineup includes:
- Feb. 5 – Sugar Ray
- Feb. 12 – Diana Ross
- Feb. 19 – Barenaked Ladies
- Feb. 20 – Styx
- Feb. 26 – Jon Pardi
- March 5 – LL Cool J feat. DJ Z-Trip
- March 6 – Marshmello
- March 12 – Lee Brice
- March 13 – Becky G
- March 18 – Khalid
- March 19 – Seal
- March 20 – Gavin DeGraw
- March 25 – The Revivalists
- March 26 – Jimmie Allen
- March 27 – Jason Derulo
“Planet Mardi Gras” Parade
This year’s original parade theme will be “Planet Mardi Gras,” which will come to life through six detailed floats that fuse Mardi Gras with cosmic-inspired elements like comets, rockets, martians and more — and, of course, guests will be able to catch beads by the handful.
These new floats will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats, like the Jester and nearly 50-foot-long King Gator, as they wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida on select dates with dozens of performers in tow.
Flavors From Around the World
Universal’s award-winning chefs will bring an array of delicious eats to this year’s event, inspired by various locations from around the world. These dishes include Crawfish Boil and Beignets from New Orleans, Coconut Curry Shrimp Laska from Southeast Asia, Vegan Samosa with spicy green chutney from India, Salchipapas from Central America.
Also returning with the food this year will be the Mardi Gras Food and Beverage card, which will be available for purchase in-park during the event.
Mardi Gras-inspired food will also be available at select Universal CityWalk locations during the event’s run, including Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, Pat O’Brien’s and Voodoo Doughnut.
Universal Orlando’s hotels will also take part with special menu offerings at each resort, like New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Dirty Rice at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites; Chicken, Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya at Universal’s Aventura Hotel; King Cake Pancakes at Loews Royal Pacific Resort; and Shrimp Po’ Boys at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
“Float Factory Warehouse” Tribute Store
This year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store will have a brand-new theme, “Float Factory Warehouse.” Upon entering, guests will travel through four themed rooms that visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life — from pencil sketches and scale models to parade décor and an actual, full-size Mardi Gras float. And true to tradition, the Tribute Store will also host the latest Mardi Gras merchandise and themed treats.
Special Offers for Florida Residents
Starting today, Florida residents who purchase a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure will get an additional two days free — giving them four days to enjoy the parks and fun of Universal’s Mardi Gras. Plus, they can add a 1-Day ticket to Universal’s Volcano Bay for just $29 more.
This offer is available for purchase through March 31, and is valid for use until June 30 with no blockout dates, and can be used on non-consecutive days. For more information, click here.
Florida residents can also book special Universal Orlando hotel rates starting from $84 per night (plus tax) on select dates now through Feb. 16. You can learn more here.
To learn more, and to plan your visit during the event, head to UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.