The Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors Of Carnaval Happening Now At Universal Studios Florida!

Universal Mardi Gras
Universal Mardi Gras

The Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors Of Carnaval Happening Now At Universal Studios Florida!

Get ready to part at Universal Studios Florida with the Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval! From February 3 through April 7, you will be able to enjoy sweet, savory and spicy dishes inspired by New Orleans favorites plus dance along the Mardi Gras parade where you can even catch tongs of beads!

The festival also offers live concerts on select nights so end the day with your favorite music! Take a look at everything you will find during this fan favorite event:

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This year the parade will feature six new floats inspired by elements like Earth, wind, water, fire, the sun and moon! These new floats will join the traditional New Orleans floats we all love.

Want to make this experience extra special? Take advantage of the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience that includes a 3 course meal at one of the participant restaurants, followed by the opportunity to be a part of the parade by tossing beads aboard a float as it goes down the street of Universal Studios Florida, so much fun!


The festival offers more than 60 tasting items inspired with flavors from New Orleans, Spain, China and more! Some of the treats you will be able to get include:

  • Fried Green Tomato Po’boy (New Orleans)
  • Beignets (New Orleans)
  • Chicken Schnitzel (Germany)
  • Chilaquiles Verdes (Mexico)

You can also purchase the Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card for $65 ($75 worth card). Annual and Seasonal Passholders also receive special savings with the purchase of an exclusive $150 for only $120.

Special Mardi Gras offerings will also be available at select venues at Universal CityWalk, including a new Year of the Dragon Shake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Plus, guests can attend a Mardi Gras After Party at Pat O’Brien’s on select nights, and enjoy special entertainment and theming at the Red Coconut Club which will transform back to the Cursed Coconut Club  for the Mardi Gras season.


An all-new incredibly-themed Tribute Store that will take guests on a haunted river cruise through the Mississippi complete with beads, treats and a gator or two. Here, guests can shop for ultra-festive Mardi Gras merchandise to commemorate their visit ranging from t-shirts, jean jackets and hoodies to bucket hats, cups and a gator light-up popcorn bucket.


Have fun enjoying live performances by top names in music like DJ Khaled, Ava Max, Luis Fonsi and Nessa Barrett at the Music Plaza Stage on select nights, see below for full concert lineup:

  • February 3 – Walker Hayes
  • February 10 – The All-American Rejects
  • February 17 – Nessa Barrett
  • February 18 – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • February 24 – Barenaked Ladies
  • March 2 – DJ Khaled
  • March 9 – Ava Max
  • March 10 – Queen Latifah
  • March 16 – Luis Fonsi
  • March 17 – Zedd

Guests looking to experience Universal Mardi Gras and all that Universal Orlando has to offer can take advantage of a variety of incredible offers to plan their visit. Right now, Florida residents get two days free with the purchase of a 2-Park, 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket (click here to learn more) and U.S., Canada and Latin America residents can enjoy two free days of admission with the purchase of a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket (click here to learn more).

You can also save on an extraordinary year of theme park thrills and perks with the “3 Months Free on Any Pass”offer – available for new purchases and renewals on any 2-Park or 3-Park Annual or Seasonal Pass. With this offer, Passholders can enjoy 15 months of admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure, as well as Universal Volcano Bay for select Passes. Click here to learn more.

Credit: Universal Studios Florida

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