What is Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort™?
Mardi Gras is an annual event in Universal Studios™ that recreates the feel of the famed New Orleans street party with a dazzling parade, colorful street performers, and authentic Cajun food (available for purchase), plus live concerts from popular artists.
How is Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras similar to traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras?
Our parade floats are made by Kern Studios, the same company that has created Mardi Gras floats for the event in New Orleans since 1947. You can see musicians direct from Louisiana performing live within Universal Studios™ at the French Quarter Courtyard, taste Southern cuisine, experience the Mardi Gras-style parade, and catch free beads.
How is it different from 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 a backdrop of thrill rides and attractions. And there's an incredible concert series that takes place at the Music Plaza stage inside the theme park.
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 or Seasonal Pass. Blockout dates apply. Seasonal Passholders are blocked out of Universal Studios Florida the entire day on Mardi Gras concert dates.
Is Universal CityWalk™ admission included with Mardi Gras?
There is no admission fee to the Universal CityWalk dining and entertainment complex. However, admission to five unique CityWalk™ bars and clubs is included with your paid admission (must be 21 or older) to Universal Studios or with any Annual Pass during Mardi Gras event nights. There are separate admission requirements for Blue Man Group and the Universal Cinemark.
Will the event occur if there's rain?
Yes, the event occurs rain or shine.
Where does the parade take place?
The parade begins in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios.
Is the parade every day?
Yes, the parade takes place every night of Mardi Gras.
Where do the concerts take place?
The concerts take place on the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios. The Music Plaza stage is located beside Despicable Me Minion Mayhem®.
Can I bring a chair to the Music Plaza stage?
No. Personal chairs, including fold-up chairs, are not permitted.
Is there ADA accessibility viewing for the concert?
The viewing area for hearing and visually impaired guests is located at the far left side of the stage, near the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ entrance. Wheelchairs viewing is located along the concrete walkway on either side of the tech booth.