Every night from February 4 – March 25, Universal Orlando brings a bit of the Big Easy to its theme parks with their Universal Orlando Mardi Gras celebration. The event includes specialty foods, concerts, merchandise, and a nightly parade. Access to this event is also included in regular park admission.
Each night the Mardi Gras Parade livens up the streets with bright and colorful floats, dancers and stilt walkers, and lots and lots of beads! The parade route starts near the Horror Make-Up Show theater, proceeds through Hollywood to Production Central, up the street through new York, and then along the lagoon until it returns to its starting point. Parade starting times vary, so check a map for times, as well as for a dedicated kids’ viewing area.
We got the opportunity to be in the parade tossing beads, which was so much fun!
The Mardi Gras celebration doesn’t start with the parade, though. In the New York area across from the new Jimmy Fallon attraction, guests can visit the French Quarter Courtyard with a variety of booths set up with food and drinks to purchase. You can try jambalaya, beignets, red beans and rice, shrimp gumbo, and more. There are also musicians, dancers, and stilt walkers in the area, and they’re happy to pose with guests for pictures.
On select Mardi Gras nights, usually Saturdays and some Sundays, guests can also see concerts from a variety of musical artists. Fifth Harmony was performing on the Saturday during our visit. These concerts can be very popular (there were already guests lined up for Fifth Harmony at 4pm for an 8:30pm concert), so if there’s an artist you especially want to see, get there very early.
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras is a fun celebration to enjoy if you’re taking an early spring trip to Universal Orlando, especially since there’s no additional cost to enjoy it.
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