Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida®
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      What is Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando® Resort?

      Mardi Gras is an annual event in Universal Studios Florida® that recreates the feel of the famed New Orleans street party with a dazzling parade, colorful street performers, authentic Cajun food* and concerts from top recording acts.

      *Available for purchase

      How is it different from the New Orleans Mardi Gras?

      Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is designed to be family friendly, including a special parade viewing area just for children. It’s set against an exciting backdrop of incredible thrill rides and attractions. Plus, there are superstar concerts at the Music Plaza stage inside the theme park.

      Will the rides and attractions be open?

      Universal Studios’ rides and attractions will close at parade start.

      Is Mardi Gras included with admission?

      Mardi Gras festivities and concerts are included with paid admission to Universal Studios or a Universal Orlando Annual Pass.

      Is Universal CityWalk® admission included with Mardi Gras?

      Yes, admission to seven unique bars & clubs in CityWalk® is included with your paid admission* to Universal Studios or with any Annual Pass during Mardi Gras event nights.
      *Must be 21+ for admission

      Will the event occur if there’s rain?

      Yes, the event occurs rain or shine.

      Where do the concerts take place?

      The concerts take place on the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios Florida. The Music Plaza stage is located between Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Twister…Ride It Out®.

      Where does the parade take place?

      The parade begins in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida, and concludes in the New York area.

      What is the French Quarter Courtyard & where is it located?

      The French Quarter Courtyard is where you can purchase authentic New Orleans cuisine including Spicy Jambalaya, Grilled Andouille Sausage, Shrimp Gumbo, sweet beignets and more. The French Quarter Courtyard is located in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida near Battery Park.

      How is Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort similar to the traditional Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

      Our parade floats are made by Blaine Kern, the same company that’s created Mardi Gras floats for the event in New Orleans since 1947. In addition to our superstar concerts, you can also see musicians direct from New Orleans performing live within Universal Studios at the French Quarter Courtyard, sample cuisine straight from The Big Easy, experience the Mardi Gras-style parade, and catch free beads.

      Is there a special VIP section for the concert?

      No, the concert is general admission.

      Do I need to buy another ticket to attend the event?

      No. Mardi Gras festivities and concerts are included with paid admission to Universal Studios or with a Universal Orlando Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

      Is the parade every day?

      The parade takes place every night there’s a Mardi Gras concert.

      Can I bring a personal chair to the Music Plaza stage?

      No, personal chairs including fold-up chairs, are not permitted.

      Is there ADA accessibility viewing for the concert?

      Yes, the ADA viewing area is located at the far right side of the stage, near the restrooms adjacent to Twister…Ride It Out®.

      Are there any Annual Passholder benefits available?

      Annual Passholders:
      • Special Passholder Viewing Area — Located at Mel’s Drive In.
      • Passholder Mardi Gras Koozie — Party in style with an exclusive Annual Passholder Mardi Gras koozie when you spend $30* on theme park merchandise at either Universal Studios® or Universal’s Islands of Adventure® between Feb 8 and May 31, 2014.
        You must redeem your receipt(s) at the Universal Studios Store® in Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure Trading Company in Islands of Adventure. While supplies last.
      • Float Rider — A limited number of Passholders can be part of the festivities while riding on a float, tossing beads and doubloons to all the cheering spectators lining the parade route. Sign up today for you and one guest^ at
        Float Rider Restrictions: Must be 18 years or older (if not, must be accompanied by an adult). Must be 48” in height. No bags or strollers. Can accommodate standard push wheelchairs with advance notice. Additional restrictions may apply.
      • FREE Admission To CityWalk After-Party — On Mardi Gras event nights, your Annual Pass gets you FREE admission to seven unique clubs & bars†, including Pat O’Brien’s®. CityWalk® is open every night until 2:00 am.