It’s Mardi Gras time at Universal Studios Florida on Saturdays and select Sundays through April 16. Even though Fat Tuesday is past and Easter ends in March, that means your Mardi Gras fun extends through mid-April.
So what, exactly, goes on at the Mardi Gras event at Universal Studios Florida? The photos below hit the highlights and show that it’s adult and family friendly. No matter what your party’s make-up, you’ll have a great time admidst the food, floats, music, and fun. If you plan to visit and want some tips, jump to this article. For a full video of the parade, go here. For more food photos, jump here, and check out this article for more street performer pics.
Always have your camera/phone ready, as you never know who you’ll run into. When you hit the outskirts of the French Quarter area, you’ll run into colorful stilt walkers who are happy to strike a pose with you.
What do you get when you cross a King Cake with Homer Simpson? One heck of a large Mardi Gras doughnut! That’s just one option; you’ll find traditional King Cake, too, along with crepes, funnel cakes, and other sugary goodies.
If you enjoy Cajun cuisine, plan to enjoy dinner at Mardi Gras. You’ll find lots of authentic favorites straight from New Orleans, and if you have people in your party who prefer more traditional theme park fare, there are items like pizza, swirl fries, hot dogs, and turkey legs, too.
The street performers aren’t just out early in the evening. You’ll see them in the parade, too, performing their antics and high fiving the crowd along the parade route.
The parade is packed with impressive Mardi Gras floats, designed in conjunction with Kern Studios. The parade starts at 7:45 p.m. so you can see the impressive lights with which they’re decked out.
You can buy beads in stores and kiosks at Universal Studios Florida, or opt for a lanyard like the ones shown in the photo. Before you buy, you might want to wait to see how many beads you catch at the parade. They literally rain down on the crowd as the floats pass by.
Commemorate your evening of fun at the Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras celebration with T-shirts, cups, lanyards and plenty of other souvenirs. Browse early or stop in and shop on your way out of the park.
The French Quarter is the central spot for Mardi Gras goings-on. You’ll find live music, food booths, street entertainments, and fun additions like henna tattoos and psychic reading.
Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort features two types of live entertainment. You’ll find authentic New Orleans bands playing in the French Quarter throughout the evening and main stage headliners who go on after the parade. Here’s the full line-up:
- February 20: Nate Ruess (headliner), Naughty Professor
- February 27: Fall Out Boy (headliner), Cha Wa
- March 5: Kool & the Gang (headliner), Beth McKee & the Sliders
- March 12: The Fray (headliner), Soul Project
- March 13: Adam Lambert (headliner), Soul Project
- March 19: Shawn Mendes (headliner),The Big Easy Playboys
- March 20: 3 Doors Down (headliner), The Big Easy Playboys
- March 26: REO Speedwagon (headliner), Gravy
- April 2: T-Pain (headliner), Dirty Bourbon River Show
- April 9: Jessie J (headliner), Daddy Mack Blues Band
- April 16: Yandel (headliner), Big Al and The Heavyweights