Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

This event is included with regular theme park admission.

Let the Good Times Roll!

Each year, the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street come to Universal Studios Florida for Orlando’s own version of the popular Mardi Gras celebration. During the event, you can savor authentic Cajun food and cuisines from around the world, enjoy a dazzling parade, watch live musical performances by some of the biggest names in music, and more.

Our Overview

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is an amazing celebration for the entire family. In addition to the park’s thrilling rides and attractions, you can also look forward to delicious meals, a fun parade, and musical performances. The Mardi Gras parade is definitely the highlight of the event. The incredibly detailed floats, as well as the fantastic theming, music, lights, and colors, all add up to create a phenomenal parade that’s fun to watch. What’s really great is that you’re joining in on the fun by catching beads by the handful. Plus, all of these fantastic experiences are included with your regular theme park admission.

Mardi Gras parade marches down the street
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Mardi Gras parade marches down the street
Live musical performance at the Music Plaza stage
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Live musical performance at the Music Plaza stage
Flavorful Beignets, a classic option at the food booth
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Flavorful Beignets, a classic option at the food booth
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Experiences

Live Performances

Enjoy live musical performances by some of the biggest names in music.

Parade

Watch a dazzling parade, complete with stunning floats, amazing costumed characters, beads by the handful, and more.

Food & Beverage Booths

Savor authentic Cajun cuisine, delicious food options from around the world, and unique beverages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mardi Gras an extra charge?

No, Universal Orlando Mardi Gras is included with your regular theme park admission.

Where does this event take place?

The Mardi Gras celebration takes place at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.

Is this event appropriate for children?

Universal Orlando's Margi Gras event is a family-friendly event.

Are the live performances an additional charge?

The live performances are included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Where do the live performances take place?

The main concerts take place at the Music Plaza stage, which is located between Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Is there seating for any of the live performances?

Seating is not provided, and you are prohibited from bringing folding chairs to the park.

Do I need to sign up to watch the main concerts?

It is not required for you to sign up to watch the main concerts at the Music Plaza. You are permitted to wait in designated areas for early entry into the plaza, and you may enter the area at any time if space is available.

About how early should I arrive to watch a performance in the Music Plaza?

Lines can begin to form as soon as the park opens, especially for popular musical artists. If you wish to be in the front row or near the front for a well-known artist and do not mind waiting in tight crowds or skipping the theme park attractions, you should consider entering the designated waiting area in the early morning. If you would like to watch a performance in the Music Plaza area and do not mind where you are located, we recommend waiting about 3-4 hours in advance, however, entry to the area is not guaranteed, especially for popular artists. If you’d prefer not to wait but wish to see a performance, we advise watching the concert across the street from the Music Plaza.

Where should I watch the Mardi Gras parade?

Although all areas located along the parade route provide great views, we recommend viewing the parade across the street from the Music Plaza stage. This area will not only allow you to enjoy the parade, but it will also provide a direct view of the main concerts, which begin shortly after the parade.

What will happen if it rains?

The event occurs rain or shine; however, it should be noted that some event offerings may be delayed or canceled.

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