February 9 – April 4, 2019
It’s Florida’s Biggest Party — Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando. Each spring, the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street make their way from the bayou to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. 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! Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration is the party of the year—and everyone’s invited. Mardi Gras events are included with your Universal Studios theme park admission.
While Mardi Gras normally lasts only two weeks in New Orleans, at Universal Orlando Resort the party is will run for two months, on consecutive dazzling nights from February 9 to April 4.
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.
The 2019 Mardi Gras Concerts
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 in Universal Studios Florida at 8:30 p.m. on select nights. This year’s concert lineup includes:
- February 9 – BUSH
- February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
- February 17 – Dan + Shay
- February 23 – Macklemore
- March 2 – To be announced
- 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 – To be announced
- March 31 – To be announced
Mardi Gras 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. This year’s new theme is 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. Gather with your fellow party animals to see stilt walkers, dancers and street performers get in touch with their wild side amidst floats themed around creatures from the jungle, Arctic, swamp, ocean and sky. Let the good times roll as this colorful menagarie parades through the streets.
Looking for the best spots to watch the parade from? Take a look at the map below:
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, as well as authentic music. The French Quarter Courtyard opens at 4:00 pm. each night of Mardi Gras.
With a rich history of soulful performers, New Orleans is often considered to be the birthplace of true American music. Each Mardi Gras evening you can enjoy the sweet sounds of authentic jazz, blues, and zydeco bands from New Orleans. The line up includes:
- 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
Food & Beverage
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. Menu items available for purchase include dishes like shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, frog legs, crab etouffee, and crawfish! Plus, there will be a signature Mardi Gras cocktail, craft beer and more.
CityWalk After Party
After-hours, partygoers 21 and older should head to CityWalk. The New Orleans spirit can be found at Pat O’Brien’s, a replica of the famed French Quarter watering hole. There you can enjoy Hurricanes, eat Cajun favorites in the Main Bar, or join the group sing-along in the Piano Lounge.
CityWalk is open each night until 2:00 a.m. and on Mardi Gras event nights, your Annual Pass or Universal Studios theme park ticket allows you to skip the cover at Pat O’Brien’s and all other CityWalk nightclubs.