It’s time for Florida’s Biggest Party at Universal Orlando Resort. From February 9 – April 4, Universal Studios Florida becomes New Orleans East with their Mardi Gras celebration. With amazing food, live entertainment, and of course a parade complete with all the beads you can catch, if you can’t make it to Louisiana, this is the next best thing.

Of course, if you want to get in the mood and dress the part, plenty of themed merchandise is available across the park.

All day, as you stroll throughout the park, you will notice the normal background music themed to the different areas have been replaced by music to get you in the mood to celebrate Mardi Gras. But as the afternoon starts to turn to evening, the real party begins. From live bands to stilt walkers and other street performers, the park really comes alive around 4 pm — which also happens to be the same time The French Quarter Courtyard opens with some true “N’awlins Style Food and Spirits.”

A good tip: don’t eat during the day! Just save it all for some of the best cajun food you can have.  And don’t worry, there is plenty to drink also!

The true highlight of every day is the parade. With floats themed around creatures from the jungle, Arctic, swamp, ocean and sky, you will get lost in the sites and sounds of the parade but quickly brought right back in as beads fly at you from every direction. This party procession covers most of the park so there is no way to miss it — and, trust me, you won’t want to!

On select nights, the park gets an extra bit of celebrating with the live concerts from some of the top names in the music industry.

Mardi Gras Event Dates Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

Feb. 16 Gavin DeGraw
Feb. 17 Dan + Shay
Feb. 23 Macklemore
March 2 Sabrina Carpenter
March 9 Becky G
March 10 Sean Paul
March 16 Steve Miller Band
March 17 Ziggy Marley
March 23 NF
March 24 Pitbull
March 30 Bazzi
March 31 To be announced

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