At Universal Orlando Resort, one of the best festivities of the year is currently underway. Mardi Gras is a massive party held at Universal Studios Florida and allows Guests to transport themselves to New Orleans while they drink hurricanes, collect beads, enjoy parades, eat gumbo, and so much more. For the past few years, Mardi Gras has not been in full swing due to the pandemic as the event is very crowd-inducing. Now, as vaccinations have increased and case counts have lowered, Universal has reverted to the classic Mardi Gras style, and Guests cannot get enough.
Starting on February 5 and running until April 24, Universal Orlando is celebrating Mardi Gras with many exciting live concerts, delicious food, parades, and much more. The Universal Tribute Store, which has been transformed into a Halloween Horror Nights, Christmas, and Jurassic World-themed store in the past, is now the Mardi Gras Float Factory.
One of the most memorable aspects of the festival is The Spectacular Parade. Beginning with a classic New Orleans tradition of cops lining the streets. Guests will see cops drive by on motorcycles, lights flashing, before the floats begin, just as they would in New Orleans. This is likely the one time Guests will see cops driving through a theme park with their lights on for no urgent reason!
Alternatively, another one of the best aspects of Mardi Gras is the concert series. Guests are able to see amazing artists perform at Universal for free, as long as they have a valid entry into the Parks. These concerts tend to get pretty crazy, and the popular artists can easily flood the Park to capacity in certain sections. Yesterday, world-wide renowned artist Marshmello performed and Guests came out to party. Quickly, the concert stage filled and the entire viewing area was at capacity. This meant that any Guest who got there later in the day after the capacity signage was displayed would have missed the better viewing of Marshmello’s performance!
Below, we can see how lively and packed the concert was. Amusement Insider (@AmusementInside) posted a video of their experience.
Best Universal concert I’ve been to. Loved it
Best Universal concert I’ve been to. Loved it pic.twitter.com/OQ1r6poTrq
— Amusement Insider (@AmusementInside) March 7, 2022
Below, you can see what the signage looks like when a concert hits capacity. Inside Universal (@insideuniversal) posted a photo.
Marshmello shutting it down!
— Inside Universal (@insideuniversal) March 7, 2022
More on Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando describes Mardi Gras as “Florida’s Biggest Party:”
Forget about your inhibitions. Forget about who’s watching. It’s time to let loose at Universal’s Mardi Gras. This ain’t no fancy tea party. The beads are back. The parade and concerts are back*. And every day and night you can enjoy food from New Orleans and dishes inspired by diverse tastes and flavors from from around the world**. It’s Florida’s Biggest Party, and it’s the loudest, wildest blowout this side of the Bayou.
The concert lineup is absolutely loaded with many prominent bands set to take the stage at Universal Studios Florida in February and March.
February Concert Lineup:
- Sugar Ray (Saturday, Feb. 5 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Diana Ross (Saturday, Feb. 12 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Barenaked Ladies (Saturday, Feb. 19 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Styx (Sunday, Feb. 20 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Jon Pardi (Saturday, Feb. 26 @ 8:30 p.m.)
March Concert Lineup:
- LL Cool J (Saturday, March 5 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Marshmello (Sunday, March 6 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Lee Brice (Saturday, March 12 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Becky G (Sunday, March 13 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Khalid (Friday, March 18 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Seal (Saturday, March 19 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Gavin DeGraw (Sunday, March 20 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- The Revivalists (Friday, March 25 @8:30 p.m.)
- Jimmie Allen (Saturday, March 26 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- Jason Derulo (Sunday, March 27 @8:30 p.m.)
The Spectacular Parade will take place each night during the event’s time period except April 1, 2 and 8.
At the moment, Revenge of the Mummy is also under a massive refurbishment at Universal Studios Florida. That being said, Guests can still enjoy attractions such as Rip Ride Rockit, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, Transformers: The Ride, and more. Visit Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can venture into Gringotts! Islands of Adventure has some fantastic attractions like the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and more! Volcano Bay is also open for those who want to get their splash on, and at the moment, Epic Universe is under construction with a 2025 opening date.
Do you plan on attending Mardi Gras? What concert would you like to see?
If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies!