Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration returns in February with adjustments due to COVID-19.

This year’s event, called Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, will feature more than 70 dishes and beverages inspired by iconic Carnaval festivities around the world, according to Universal Orlando’s announcement. Although this year’s event will not feature its annual parade, the Universal Studios Florida theme park will be decked out in vibrant decor and a fleet of Pirate Treasure-themed floats in addition to a collection of Universal’s classic Mardi Gras floats will be stationed throughout the park to provide guests with an up-close look. Additionally, guests can enjoy street entertainment, including dancers, stilt performers, brass band musicians, and more. Universal will also introduce a new Mardi Gras Tribute Store.


A few of the Carnaval flavors and Cajun fare include:

  • Cajun cuisine from New Orleans, including Jambalaya, Crawfish Boil, Beignets, and other Big Easy delights
  • Carnaval dishes from the islands, such as Pernil and Mofongo from Puerto Rico, a vegan Pholourie from Trinidad and Tobago, and Jerk Chicken from the Bahamas
  • Pork Schnitzel Sliders and Bavarian Pretzels from Germany, Paella Mixta and Leche Frita from Spain and Belgium Liege Waffles from Belgium
  • Famous flavors from Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, France, and more

To view a full list of dishes and drinks available, click/tap here.

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021 event will run daily from Saturday, February 6th through Sunday, March 28th at Universal Studios Florida. Admission to the event is included with regular theme park admission to the park as well as seasonal and annual passes. Carnaval-themed menu options will also be available at Universal CityWalk and at Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels.


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