Get the bead necklaces ready because Mardi Gras is back at Universal Orlando Resort! 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 from some of your favourite artists.
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 spicy, savoury kick the Crawfish Boil and Coconut Curry Shrimp Laska have got you covered. Anyone looking for a sweeter treat will find it with some beignets or of course the classic King Cake.
And it’s not just the parks that are getting in on the action. All manner of seasonal offerings will be available throughout the Universal Orlando hotels and Universal CityWalk, at Voodoo Doughnut, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, and more!
A spectacular night-time parade
A Mardi Gras celebration wouldn’t be complete without a larger-than-life parade through the streets and this is no exception. This year’s parade theme of “Planet Mardi Gras” will feature floats full of out-of-this-world detail, as well as some Mardi Gras classics straight from New Orleans. 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!
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 2022 headliners include Diana Ross, Seal, Becky G, Khalid, Marshmello, and many more, and with first-come-first-served entry, you’ll want to get there early to avoid disappointment.
The Mardi Gras Tribute Store is a one-stop shop for all things Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando. This shopping experience will transport you to a spooky voodoo world as you browse through this year’s exclusive merchandise including t-shirts, tumblers, and magnets.
Universal Orlando’s 2022 Mardi Gras celebrations will take place from February 5th to April 24th, with parades and concerts taking place on select dates. All events are included in the price of your theme park admission.
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