Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

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February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - April 24, 2022 @ 10:00 pm EST

Close up of the Universal Studios Mardi Gras Parade with a huge float decorated with greens, yellows, and purple plus a large crowd around the float in Orlando, Florida, USA

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 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.

Mardi Gras Concert Series and Live Music

Music legend Diana Ross, global superstar Khalid, Grammy-nominated DJ, and producer Marshmello, and 12 other top artists will perform live on select nights during Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration.

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All concerts will take place at the Music Plaza stage. The electrifying outdoor venue is inspired by the iconic Hollywood Bowl. In addition, it is set against the backdrop of the towering Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.

Plus, brass bands straight from Bourbon Street will perform daily throughout the park, bringing the soulful sounds of New Orleans to the heart of Universal Studios.


February 5, 2022 through April 24, 2022

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The dynamic event is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Want to save even more money? Then bundle your Universal Studios Florida tickets with other Orlando area fun and hotels:

man wearing purple green and gold mardi gras costume at Universal's Spirit of New Orleans Mardi Gras Bash in Orlando, Florida, USAConcert Lineup


  • 5th Sugar Ray
  • 12th Diana Ross
  • 19th Barenaked Ladies
  • 20th Styx
  • 26th Jon Pardi


  • 5th LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-Trip
  • 6th Marshmello
  • 12th Lee Brice
  • 13th Becky G
  • 18th Khalid
  • 19th Seal
  • 20th Gavin DeGraw
  • 25th The Revivalists
  • 26th Jimmie Allen
  • 27th Jason Derulo

Spectacular "Planet Mardi Gras Parade"

This year’s original parade theme, “Planet Mardi Gras,” comes to life in six incredibly-detailed floats. These floats will fuse Mardi Gras flare with cosmic-inspired elements like comets, rockets, martians and more. Meanwhile, guests are invited to catch beads by the handful.

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These new floats will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats. Decorative floats include the iconic Jester and nearly 50-foot long King Gator.

Meanwhile, the parade will wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida on select dates.

In addition, they are accompanied by high-energy music and dozens of performers donning illuminating costumes that bring the party to “light” in a whole new way

Savory Flavors From Around the World

Universal’s award-winning chefs will spice up this year’s Mardi Gras celebration with an array of delicious culinary delicacies inspired by various locations around the globe.

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Guests can take their taste buds on an international culinary journey with dishes like:

  • a tasty Crawfish Boil
  • 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
  • Salchipapas (a popular street food made with sausage and potatoes) from Central America

Couple eating during the Mardi Gras parade with confetti falling and people in costume next to them at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, USAMardi Gras Food and Beverage Card

The best way to experience these flavors and much more is with the specialty “Mardi Gras Food and Beverage” card, which will be available for purchase in park during the event.

Mardi Gras-inspired cuisine will also be featured at select Universal CityWalk venues during the run of the event, including Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, Pat O’Brien’s and Voodoo Doughnut.

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Universal Orlando’s hotels are also joining the fun with special menu offerings at each resort, including New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Dirty Rice at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites; Chicken, Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya at Universal’s Aventura Hotel; King Cake Pancakes at Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Shrimp Po’ Boys at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

“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.

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Upon entering, guests will venture through four highly themed rooms. During the tour, each room will visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life.

As guests browse the latest Mardi Gras 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.

Close up of a performer in a large intricate Mardi Gras costumer with lots of green purple and yellow plus a crown at the Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Parade in Orlando, Florida, USAExperience Universal Studios Florida

To enjoy all of the Mardi Gras activities be sure to get your Universal Orlando Florida passes today. Also, you can make a vacation out of it with a Universal Studios Florida package.


February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am EST
April 24, 2022 @ 10:00 pm EST
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