Celebrate the culture and history of New Orleans at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018. Watch music’s biggest stars perform live in concert during select nights, enjoy beautifully crafted floats during the night parade while countless strands of beads are tossed into the crowd. With so many exciting things to do at this year’s Mardi Gras we’ve narrowed it down to 5 things that are a must on your list. The best part is it’s all included with your park admission.



Experience the Live Concerts

It’s definitely not a party without some tunes, so music’s biggest names are coming to Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018 to perform their greatest hits and keep you dancing all night. Check out the concert lineup below to see if any of your favorite artist will be making an appearance:

  • March 3: 311
  • March 4: Phillip Phillips
  • March 10: Jason Derulo
  • March 11: Fitz & the Tantrums
  • March 17: Foreigner
  • March 18: Fifth Harmony
  • March 24: Jessie J
  • March 25: BUSH



Eat Authentic Cajun Food

Experience the bold flavors of the Bayou at the French Quarter Courtyard. Sample classic dishes from the Big Easy including Shrimp Po’Boy’s, spicy Jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, and red beans and rice.


Discover authentic New Orleans Music

Enjoy N’awlins signature sound performed by real Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco bands throughout the park.

  • March 7 – March 20: New Breed Brass Band
  • April 1 – April 7: Dirty Bourbon River Show


Mardi Gras Parade

Watch as street performers, stunning stilt walkers, colorful dancers and breathtaking floats parade through the streets of Universal Studios. Catch flying beads as confetti flies over the crowd for the Mardi Gras celebrations! Parade starts at 7:15 pm on the following dates:

  • March 1, 2, 5-9

Parade starts at 7:45 pm on the following dates:

  • March 3, 4, 10-31
  • April 1-7

There’s also a special viewing area for kids in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop. The Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area will give the youngest partygoers a clear view of the parade.



Ride Mardi Gras Parade Float

Want to be part of the Mardi Gras Parade. Did you know you can ride a float? There are 2 ways to be chosen to ride a Mardi Gras Parade Float. Annual Passholders can sign up online for some dates. If you don’t have an annual pass follow @universalORL on Twitter and look out for tweets calling for extra float riders.



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