When is it?
Mardi Gras runs Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 7, 2018.
What are the hours of celebration?
The party goes on every night; the parade usually begins around 7:45 and lasts about 30 minutes.
What is the admission price?
Admission is included with your theme park admission, annual Disney pass, or seasonal pass.
Where is it?
At Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Why should I go? What will I see and do there?
The colour, music, dancing and pageantry of Mardi Gras represents America: a blending of French, African, and Spanish cultures with both Christian and tribal religious traditions. Mardi Gras is outrageously fun, but it’s also living history. Unlike the New Orleans version, Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras is family-friendly and children are welcome to join in the festivities.
You will see beads, plus dancers, musicians, bands, street performers, live concerts featuring Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco bands, and unique floats designed just for Universal Studios Mardi Gras.
Every night you will find Live music played by New Orleans brass bands in the French Quarter Courtyard in Universal Studios Florida. The bands play authentic blues music and zydeco music, Creole music and music indigenous to Louisiana Natives) They do not play on a stage but live on the streets of the French Quarter Courtyard.
- Feb 3rd – Feb 20th : Free Agent Brass Band
- Feb. 21st – March 6th: Naughty Professor Brass Band
- March 7th – March 20th: New Breed Brass Band
- March 21st – March 31st: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
- April 1st – April 7th: Dirty Bourbon River Show
There are several big concerts at Mardi Gras. These are held on Saturdays or Sundays and take place on the Music Plaza Stage (All of the concerts start at 8:30 pm)
The Mardi Gras concert line-up includes the following performances:
- February 10th: The Beach Boys
- February 17th: Kelsea Ballerini
- February 18th: Andy Grammer
- February 24th: Macklemore
- March 3rd: 311
- March 4th: Phillip Phillips
- March 10th: Jason Derulo
- March 11th: Fitz and the Tantrums
- March 17th: Foreigner
- March 18th: Fifth Harmony
- March 24th: Jessie J
This Year the Mardi Gras parade is getting a new celestial feel. The nightly parade will feature dancers, colourful stilt performers and 12 handcrafted floats. Six of these floats have new designs themed for ethereal creatures.
What can my children do there?
A special viewing area next to the Little Jesters Hat Shop is available just for kids watching the parade. Parents can enter this viewing area with their kids one hour prior to the start of the parade.
Note: When the Mardi Gras parade begins each night, all Universal Studios rides and attractions close.
Is it accessible for the disabled?
All Disney theme parks are handicapped-accessible, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Special parade and concert viewing areas are available.
What’s good to eat and drink?
In addition to the regular eateries, the French Quarter, located in the New York/Battery Park section of Universal Studios, offers Cajun and Creole cuisine, including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and andouille sausage. You’ll eat like royalty.
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