Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

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A group of people clapping while a man at the front of the group dances and confetti falls around them
Let’s get this Mardi started!
Universal's Mardi Gras: International Flavours of the Carnaval will be back at Universal Studios Florida from February 3rd through April 7th

Get the bead necklaces ready because Mardi Gras is back at Universal Orlando Resort, from February 3rd through April 7th! Inspired by New Orleans’ Big Easy Bash, this is an event you won’t want to miss, featuring incredible food, spectacular parades, and live music, all included with your park admission to Universal Studios Florida! 

With so much to experience at this fun-filled event you’re going to want to make the most of every single minute - if you’re planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort this Mardi Gras season, here’s everything you need to know. 


Authentic food experiences

Mardi Gras means ‘Fat Tuesday’ for a reason and there are enough food options at this event to prove it. For those wanting a savoury kick the Chilaquiles Verdes and Chicken Schnitzel have got you covered. Anyone looking for a sweeter treat will find it with some delicious beignets. 


A plate of beignets in front of a purple background being sprinkled with icing sugar


Fantastic New Floats on Parade

A Mardi Gras celebration wouldn’t be complete without a larger-than-life parade through the streets and this is no exception. 

You know it’s a Universal Mardi Gras International Flavours of Carnaval party like no other when the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive with fantastic floats inspired by New Orleans and Carnaval celebrations around the globe. Catch a handful of beads and enjoy the all-new Elements floats that keep the party rolling.

Make sure you get your spot in plenty of time, as you’ll want a prime location for catching as many bead necklaces as you can!

Pro Tip - Want to get even closer to the action? You can get involved and join the parade from on top of the floats themselves as you toss beads to the crowd below - a truly unforgettable experience for the whole family. This will take a few hours so make sure you plan accordingly! 


A crowd standing in front of a theatre marquee clapping along to a parade while confetti floats around them


Live concerts

On select dates throughout the season, you can see some of the biggest names in music live in concert on the Music Plaza Stage. The 2024 headliners include DJ Khaled, Luis Fonsi and Ava Max, and with first-come-first-served entry, you’ll want to get there early to avoid disappointment. Check out the full concert line-up below: 

  • February 3 - Walker Hayes
  • February 10 - The All-American Rejects
  • February 17 - Elle King
  • February 18 - KC and the Sunshine Band
  • February 24  - Barenaked Ladies
  • March 2 - DJ Khaled
  • March 9 - Ava Max
  • March 10 - Queen Latifah
  • March 16 - Luis Fonsi
  • March 17 - Zedd


Mardi Gras concert at Universal Florida


Want to join the party? Book your Universal Orlando Resort tickets in advance for the best price, like our 3-Park Explorer Ticket.


Universal Orlando Resort Tickets , Orlando , Seasonal Events