Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

It’s Florida’s Biggest Party — Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando. With concerts lighting up the stage; 1.8 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers — Mardi Gras is a Universal Orlando tradition like no other. Good times and great food are on the menu with boatloads of tasty shrimp, sweet stacks of delicious beignets and so much more!

Each night, a different big-name headliner gets the party started—playing their biggest hits and favorite tunes live on stage.

Universal Orlando has been creating its special Mardi Gras celebration for more than 15 years – bringing the perfect combination of the Big Easy and spectacular theme park entertainment to its guests all for the price of regular admission. Nationally renowned musical acts combine with an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking, and hand-picked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans – all inside Universal Studios Florida.

You can’t have a great party without great music. At Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras you can catch some of the biggest names from the worlds of pop, rock, country, R&B and more, live in concert on the Music Plaza stage at 8:30pm, select nights Feb. 6 – April 16, 2016.

The 2016 concert lineup includes:

2017 Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Information will be added as it is available.


  • February 6: Hunter Hayes
  • February 13: Diana Ross
  • February 14: Barenaked Ladies
  • February 20: Nate Ruess
  • February 27: Fall Out Boy
  • March 5: Kool & The Gang
  • March 12: The Fray
  • March 13: Adam Lambert
  • March 19: Shawn Mendes
  • March 20: 3 Doors Down
  • March 26: REO Speedwagon
  • April 2: T-Pain
  • April 9: Jessie J
  • April 16: Yandel



Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando  Parade

Gather the family and catch beads by the handful as our dazzling parade winds its way through the park with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers. It’s fun and excitement for all ages.

For those with little ones, you can head to the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area, which can be found in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop. The area is available beginning one hour prior to the start of the parade.

Be sure to line the streets to catch beads and doubloons by the handful. You’ll see beautifully decorated floats designed by Blaine Kern Studios, who have been creating authentic Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans for over 60 years.

The parade rolls through the streets of Universal Studios on every Mardi Gras event night starting at 7:45 p.m. EST

The French Quarter Courtyard

Want to experience the real feel of The Big Easy? Head to our French Quarter Courtyard for sizzling Cajun and Creole food*. Plus each event night you can enjoy the sweet sounds of authentic zydeco bands from New Orleans.

*Available for purchase. French Quarter opens at 4:00pm on Mardi Gras event nights.

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