Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024

Welcome to Mardi Gras 2024, one of the most vibrant and exciting events of the year! Running daily from February 3 to April 7, this annual celebration promises a spectacle of colour, music, and delicious cuisine. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned Mardi Gras enthusiast, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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A Celebration of Culture

At Mardi Gras 2024, you’ll experience the rich cultural tapestry of New Orleans and beyond. The event showcases a wide array of colorfully costumed performers, each bringing their unique flair to the festivities. From traditional Mardi Gras masks to elaborate costumes inspired by different cultures, the parade participants will dazzle you with their creativity and imagination.

In addition to the performers, Mardi Gras 2024 boasts the presence of authentic New Orleans bands. These talented musicians will fill the air with the joyful sounds of jazz, blues, and brass music, creating an atmosphere that transports you straight to the heart of the French Quarter.

Mardi Gras Highlight: The Parade

One of the highlights of Mardi Gras 2024 is the spectacular parade. Get ready to be mesmerized by the elaborate floats adorned with vibrant decorations, as they make their way through the streets, accompanied by the cheers of the crowd. The parade showcases the creativity and craftsmanship of the local community, each float telling a unique story.

Make sure to grab a prime viewing spot along the parade route, where you can catch the famous throws. From colourful beads and doubloons to specially designed trinkets, these throws are coveted treasures, eagerly sought after by both locals and visitors.

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Mardi Gras Highlight: The Food

As you immerse yourself in the Mardi Gras atmosphere, don’t forget to indulge in the delectable Cajun cuisine available at the event. The line-up of delicious food represents the diverse flavours of New Orleans and beyond. From spicy jambalaya to mouth-watering gumbo, there’s a dish to satisfy every palate.

Take a culinary journey and sample authentic dishes from different regions, each offering a unique twist on traditional Cajun favourites. Whether you’re a seafood lover or a fan of hearty stews, the expanded menu at Mardi Gras 2024 is sure to leave you craving for more.

So mark your calendars and prepare to join us for an unforgettable celebration at Mardi Gras 2024. Get ready to be immersed in the vibrant colours, infectious music, and mouth-watering cuisine that make this event a must-attend for culture enthusiasts and food lovers alike.

Mardi Gras Highlight: The Concerts

Experience the excitement of Mardi Gras at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida. On select nights, this iconic venue comes alive with electrifying performances that will make your Mardi Gras experience truly unforgettable.

The Music Plaza Stage is the epicentre of the Mardi Gras festivities in Universal Studios Florida. This open-air venue sets the stage for incredible live performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry. From country to pop, rock to hip-hop, there is something for everyone at the Mardi Gras concerts.

Get ready to groove to the rhythm of the biggest hits as legendary artists take the stage. This year’s headliners include Walker Hayes, The All-American Rejects, Nessa Barrett, and many more. Each artist brings their own unique style and energy, creating an electrifying atmosphere that will have you dancing and singing along.

One of the best things about the Mardi Gras concerts is that they are included with your park admission. So, not only do you get to experience the thrill of Universal Studios Florida, but you also get to enjoy these world-class performances at no additional cost. It’s a win-win situation for all music lovers!

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Mardi Gras 2024 Parade

One of the highlights of the Mardi Gras 2024 Parade is the collection of authentic floats from New Orleans. This year, you can expect to see a mix of brand-new designs as well as the beloved classics that have become iconic symbols of Mardi Gras. These floats are crafted with meticulous attention to detail and are a true reflection of the vibrant and diverse heritage of the city.

Each float tells a unique story and is adorned with vibrant colours, intricate decorations, and lively music. As the floats glide along the parade route, you’ll be transported into a world of fantasy and enchantment.

The theme for this year’s Mardi Gras Parade is ‘Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras’. Get ready to be whisked away to a world of imagination, where mythical creatures and folklore come to life. From majestic dragons to enchanting fairies, each float will transport you to a different mythical realm.

As you marvel at the creativity and artistry of the floats, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of fantasy and wonder. The ‘Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras’ theme adds an extra layer of excitement and whimsy to the parade, making it an event that both children and adults will enjoy.

The Mardi Gras Parade takes place on select dates throughout the Mardi Gras season. This gives locals and visitors alike multiple opportunities to experience the magic and excitement of the parade. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned Mardi Gras enthusiast, each parade has its own unique charm and energy.

Make sure to check the official Mardi Gras website for the parade schedule and plan your visit accordingly. Arrive early to secure a good spot along the parade route and prepare to be captivated by the sights and sounds of the Mardi Gras Parade.

Don’t miss out on the Mardi Gras 2024 Parade, where you’ll witness the beauty and grandeur of authentic floats, be transported to mythical realms, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Join in the celebration and experience the magic of Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

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International Flavors of Carnaval

Indulge in a culinary celebration like no other at Mardi Gras 2024 in Universal Orlando Resort. This grand event offers a feast for the senses with over 50 dishes and drinks inspired by carnival countries and cities from around the world. Get ready to embark on a gastronomic journey that will transport your taste buds to the heart of carnaval festivities.

Tasting the World’s Carnival Celebrations

This year, the Mardi Gras food lineup has been expanded to include even more delectable options. You can discover culinary delights not only in Universal Studios Florida but also in Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay. No matter where you are in the parks, there’s a feast waiting to be explored.

Feast your eyes on the colourful street food stalls that line the streets of Universal Studios Florida. From traditional beignets to savoury po’ boys, there’s a wide variety of mouth-watering options to choose from. Take a break from the rides and immerse yourself in the flavours of carnaval.

Head over to Islands of Adventure and explore the exotic tastes of international cuisine. From the vibrant street markets of Asia to the rustic trattorias of Italy, there’s a world of flavor to be discovered. Treat yourself to sushi, pad thai, pizza, and more.

After a long day of adventure, relax and unwind at Volcano Bay. Enjoy a tropical cocktail or indulge in a refreshing fruit smoothie. Don’t miss the chance to savour the flavours of the islands while basking in the sun.

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Mardi Gras 2024 Concerts

One of the most exciting aspects of Mardi Gras is the line-up of concerts featuring top bands and artists from various music genres. Whether you are a fan of rock, pop, jazz, or country, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this festive time.

At the Mardi Gras concerts, you can expect to see some of the biggest names in the music industry. From legendary bands to up-and-coming artists, the lineup is filled with talent that will leave you wanting more. Dance to the infectious beats of a rock band, sing along to your favorite pop songs, or sway to the smooth jazz tunes – the choice is yours.

The concert venues are designed to provide the best acoustic experience, with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting. You will feel the energy of the crowd as everyone comes together to celebrate and enjoy the music.

One of the amazing concerts at Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras
One of the amazing concerts at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

2024 Concerts Line Up

At the Mardi Gras concerts, you can expect to see some of the biggest names in the music industry. From legendary bands to up-and-coming artists, the lineup is filled with talent that will leave you wanting more. Dance to the infectious beats of a rock band, sing along to your favorite pop songs, or sway to the smooth jazz tunes – the choice is yours.

The concert venues are designed to provide the best acoustic experience, with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting. You will feel the energy of the crowd as everyone comes together to celebrate and enjoy the music.

Walker Hayes

Don’t miss “Fancy Like” Country superstar Walker Hayes live on Feb. 3rd.

The All – American Rejects

Their post-Emo sound and alt-rock power pop helped define the sound of a generation with smash hits like “Move Along” and “Gives You Hell.” Live on Feb. 10th.

Nessa Barrett

Breakout pop star Nessa Barrett has close to 2 billion streams and 30 million followers with hits like “die first,” and “girl in new york. Catch her live on February 17th.

Kc and the Sunshine Band
Kc and the Sunshine Band

KC and The Sunshine Band

This global icon and his band are still shaking their booties with a unique fusion of R&B and Funk on feel-good hits like “Get Down Tonight.” Live on Feb. 18th.

Barenaked Ladies

Named one of the best live acts around with hits like “One Week” and “Pinch Me” they’re so cool they even have a namesake ice-cream flavor. Catch them live on Feb. 24th.

Ava Max

This pop superstar is known for her catchy hooks and sassy lyrics on songs like “Sweet but Psycho” which hit #1 in more than 20 countries. Catch her live on Mar. 9th.

DJ Khaled

GRAMMY® award-winning producer/artist DJ Khaled inspires beyond multiplatinum music with his message of positive affirmations and philanthropy. Live on Mar. 2nd.

Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Combining fierce talent with entertaining live shows, this music legend continues to shine with concerts that keep audiences on their feet. Live on Mar. 10th.

Luis Fonsi

This Puerto Rican artist’s successful 25-year career has made him a five-time Latin GRAMMY® winner, a three-time GRAMMY® nominee and a Guinness World Record holder for “Despacito.” Catch him live on Mar. 16th.


With his unique blend of EDM and pop hooks, this GRAMMY® award-winning artist/producer is famous for hits like “Clarity” and “The Middle.” Catch him live on Mar. 17th

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Arrive Early to Secure a Good Viewing Spot

To make the most of your Mardi Gras concert experience, it is recommended to arrive early and secure a good viewing spot. The concerts are incredibly popular, and the venues can get crowded quickly. By arriving early, you can ensure that you have a clear view of the stage and can fully immerse yourself in the performances.

Bring a blanket or folding chair to set up a comfortable spot for yourself. This way, you can relax and enjoy the music without worrying about standing or finding a place to sit.


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Visit The After Party and Fat Tuesday at Pat O’Brien’s for More Festive Offerings

For a truly immersive Mardi Gras experience, head to Pat O’Brien’s at Universal CityWalk. Known as the home of the famous Hurricane cocktail, Pat O’Brien’s is the place to be for post-parade revelry.

Step into The After Party, an outdoor courtyard that comes alive with live music, vibrant decorations, and a lively atmosphere. Sip on a classic Hurricane cocktail as you dance to the infectious rhythms of authentic New Orleans jazz.

For an even more festive experience, make your way to Fat Tuesday, a lively bar that serves up frozen daiquiris in an array of flavours. Sample the traditional Mardi Gras favourite, the Purple Haze, or try the refreshing Mango Tango.

With its vibrant atmosphere and tempting array of drinks, Pat O’Brien’s is the perfect place to continue the Mardi Gras festivities.

Whether you’re craving a Mardi Gras-themed cocktail, a specially themed menu item, or a lively bar experience, CityWalk and the resorts at Universal Orlando have everything you need to celebrate this iconic festival in style. Allow your taste buds to embark on a culinary adventure and indulge in the festive spirit of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras 2024 – FAQ

Welcome to our Mardi Gras 2024 FAQ guide. In this section, we will answer some common questions about Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida. Whether you are planning a visit with your family or considering becoming an annual passholder, we have all the information you need.

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To ensure you have the best time at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Is Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida appropriate for young kids?

Yes, Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida is a family-friendly event that is suitable for kids of all ages. The park offers a variety of entertainment options that cater specifically to younger guests. From colorful parades to interactive shows and activities, there is something for everyone. Kids can collect beads and enjoy the festive atmosphere while having a safe and enjoyable experience.

Can beads be collected at the parades?

Absolutely! Beads are an iconic part of Mardi Gras, and they can be collected at the parades held during the event. Universal Studios Florida organizes spectacular parades featuring vibrant floats and talented performers. As the floats pass by, participants on the floats toss beads to the crowd, creating an exciting and interactive experience. Make sure to bring a bag or container to collect your beads and enjoy the thrill of catching them as they fly through the air.

What benefits do annual passholders have?

Annual passholders at Universal Studios Florida enjoy a range of benefits during Mardi Gras and throughout the year. Some of the exclusive perks include:

With all these benefits, becoming an annual passholder is a great way to make the most of your Mardi Gras experience at Universal Studios Florida.

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