Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is back February 5 through April 24 – louder, spicier and better than ever – with the return of star-studded live concerts, a spectacular Mardi Gras parade and savory cuisine inspired by diverse flavors from around the world. The dynamic event is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida.
Mardi Gras at Universal Studios
Top artists will perform live on select nights during Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. All concerts will take place at the Music Plaza stage – an electrifying outdoor venue inspired by the iconic Hollywood Bowl, set against the backdrop of the towering Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Studios
This year’s original parade theme, “Planet Mardi Gras,” comes to life in six incredibly-detailed floats that fuse Mardi Gras flare with cosmic-inspired elements like comets, rockets, martians and more – inviting guests to catch beads by the handful.
These new floats will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic Jester and nearly 50-foot long King Gator – and wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida on select dates, accompanied by high-energy music and dozens of performers donning illuminating costumes that bring the party to “light” in a whole new way.
Delicious Mardi Gras Treats
Universal’s award-winning chefs will spice up this year’s Mardi Gras at Universal Studios celebration with an array of delicious culinary delicacies inspired by various locations around the globe.
Guests can take their taste buds on an international culinary journey with dishes like the tasty Crawfish Boil and melt-in-your-mouth Beignets from New Orleans, Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa (a sweet and spicy noodle soup) from Southeast Asia, Vegan Samosa with spicy green chutney from India, and Salchipapas (a popular street food made with sausage and potatoes) from Central America.
With more than 50 tasting-sized items available, the best way to experience these flavors and much more is with the specialty Universal Orlando Resort “Food and Beverage Card”, which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy more for less (including paying $65 for a $75 card and $120 for a $150 card). The card is available for purchase at Mardi Gras food & beverage locations throughout Universal Studios Florida
Float Factory Warehouse Tribute Store
Guests can take home a piece of Florida’s Biggest Party at the Mardi Gras Tribute Store, returning this year with an all-new theme, Float Factory Warehouse. Upon entering, guests will venture through four highly themed rooms designed to visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life.
As guests browse the latest Mardi Gras at Universal Studios gear and themed treats within the retail space, they’ll see everything from pencil sketches and scale models to parade décor and an actual, full-size Mardi Gras float.
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