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Mardi Gras Continues At Universal Orlando Through April 24!

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Welcome to the biggest bash this side of the bayou! Every spring, the fun and excitement of the Big Easy makes its way to Universal Orlando Resort for an authentic celebration that completely transforms Universal Studios Florida into a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans street party.

Universal Orlando will be partying hard until April 24, with a louder, wilder and spicier Mardi Gras celebration than ever before. Guests can check out a colorful, out of this world parade, see live entertainment and star-studded concerts, visit the incredibly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store, enjoy food and drinks from around the world and catch a whole lot of beads.

Check out our 2022 guide below on this year's Mardi Gras celebrations at Universal Orlando.

Mardi Gras 2022

Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras 2022 runs daily through Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Don't let your feet fail you as you enjoy all the crowd-favorite components of Mardi Gras including the colorfully costumed performers and authentic New Orleans bands, the Mardi Gras parade, and the weekly headliner concerts.

Oh and remember, the best part about tIniversal's big Mardi Gras party – it’s completely free!

As long as you have a ticket to to the theme park on a Mardi Gras event date, you have access to everything!

Universal Orlando Planet Mardi Gras Parade

This year's MARDI GRAS PARADE returns to the streets of Universal Studios Florida with a brand new theme... Planet Mardi Gras! This new version of the parade features six new and wonderfully detailed floats that fuse Mardi Gras elements including rockets, comets, martians and so much more!

The six new floats join fan favorites including the Mardi Gras Jester, and the King Gator float!

The parade starts and ends from the gates adjacent to Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show.

Parade Start Times

  • 7:15 p.m. - March 7 - 11

  • 7:30 p.m. - March 14 - 17, 21 - 24, 28 - 31 and April 3 - 7, 9 - 24

  • 7:45 p.m. - March 12, 13, 18 - 20, 25 - 27

  • There is no Mardi Gras parade on April 1, 2 or 8

Mardi Gras Float Riding at Universal Orlando

Guests have the opportunity to ride atop and toss out beads from the Mardi Gras floats. Reservations will be accepted in the park via the virtual line experience on the parks app. Universal said a limited number of spots are available per night.

Universal Orlando Concerts

Music is a big part of Universal Prlando's Mardi Gras traditions, and at Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida, guests can attend concerts on select nights during the Mardi Gras season.

These concerts are included with park admission and begin at 8:30.

Remaining Headliners For Mardi Gras 2022


12 – Lee Brice 13 – Becky G 18 – Khalid 19 – Seal 20 – Gavin DeGraw 25 – The Revivalists 26 – Jimmie Allen 27 – Jason Derulo


No announcements have yet been made for concerts in April.

Daytime Entertainment

As you enjoy your Mardi Gras Drinks and eats, you should check out all the fun and entertainment along the way. You gotta head over to the French Quarter Courtyard in the New York section of the park to see jazz bands performing. You should also snap a picture or three with the wonderful and incredibly talented Mardi Gras Performers.

Universal Orlando has also brought back the ever popular Krewe Crawl for this years event.

For $10, you can make your way around Universal Studios Florida visiting 12 locations to discover planet themed mask in gift shops. Once you find a mask, ask a team member for a redemption stamp on your map. When all of the masks have been found, guests will get the ultimate piece of Mardi Gras treasure... a Krewe Crawl mask!

Food and Drinks

No party is complete without food and drinks, and guests will find all of the New Orleans bites and sips at specialty-themed tents and bars across Universal Studios.

New Orleans: Planet Mardi Gras Four food and drink kiosks

(located in Gramercy Park, near Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon)

  • King Cake: Traditional King Cake with cinnamon swirl icing and colored sanding sugar. *Item may be boxed up so you can take it home!

  • Beignets: Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar.

  • Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie: Fresh made marshmallow, graham cracker cookies, chocolate, Mardi Gras sprinkles.

  • Cajun Twisted Frank.

  • Muffuletta: Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella and provolone cheese, olive relish on a toasted sesame seed bun.

  • Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya: Mixed rice with andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, peppers, tomatoes, finished with a spiced crawfish.

  • Shrimp Gumbo with rice: New Orleans-style gumbo with gulf shrimp, bacon, andouille sausage, okra and bell peppers, served over white rice.

  • Cajun Twisted Tater.

  • Cajun Twisted Frank with Chorizo Queso: Flash-fried ribbon potato, thinly sliced, skewered and stuffed with a Nathan’s Famous foot-long hot dog.

  • Category 5 Punch: Myers’s Dark Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, passion fruit purée, orange and lime juice, grenadine, agave nectar.

  • A New Twist on Taters: Old Forester Bourbon, Gran Gala Orange Liqueur, brown sugar sweet potato syrup, Mexican chocolate bitters, lemon juice.

  • Piña Verde: Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse green liqueur, Coco López Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint.

  • Abita Purple Haze.

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Pranqster.

Crawfish & Shrimp Boil

Food stand next to Mel’s Drive-In

  • Crawfish & Shrimp Boil: Mixed bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob.

  • Crawfish Boil: Mixed bag of crawfish, andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob.

  • Beignets: Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar.

  • Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie: Fresh made marshmallow, graham cracker cookies, chocolate, Mardi Gras sprinkles.

  • Category 5 Punch: Myers’s Dark Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, passion fruit purée, orange and lime juice, grenadine, agave nectar.

  • Piña Verde: Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse green liqueur, Coco López Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint.

  • Abita Purple Haze.

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Pranqster.

Italy Located at Louie’s Italian Restaurant, gelato window

  • Tomato Basil Arancini: Fried risotto filled with tomato basil mascarpone with a spicy arrabiata sauce.

  • Meatball Garlic Bread Pressed Slider: Italian meatballs topped with mozzarella cheese stuffed between two slices of Texas Garlic Toast.

  • Orange Dream Spiked Float: New Amsterdam Vodka, Gran Gala Orange Liqueur, vanilla gelato and Orange Fanta.

  • Vanilla-Amaretto Rum Gelato Float: Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla gelato and Coca-Cola.

  • Triple-Raspberry Gelato Float: 360 Red Raspberry Vodka, raspberry purée, raspberry gelato and Sprite.

  • Vietti Moscato: Sweet sparkling white wine.

  • Querceto Chianti: Dry red wine.

  • Truffle Hunter Barbaresco.

Bloody Mary Bar Located next to Transformers: The Ride

  • Traditional Bloody Mary, spiked with New Amsterdam Vodka, your choice of traditional mild or wild version with Louisiana hot sauce and Sriracha hot chili sauce.

Floribbean: Cape Canaveral Located next to Lombard’s Seafood and Grille

  • Sweet Corn Johnny Cake: Pulled jerk jackfruit, blood orange creama, avocado, yellow mole sauce.

  • Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche: Poached shrimp, marinated radish, blood orange sorbet.

  • Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcakes: Marinated strawberries, basil mascarpone cream, orange blossom honey on a buttermilk biscuit.

  • Buttermilk Lemon Blueberry Shortcakes: Blueberry compote, basil mascarpone cream, orange blossom honey on a buttermilk biscuit.

  • Conch Fritters: Flash fried conch served with grilled pineapple and a pineapple remoulade.

  • Cape Guayaba: New Amsterdam vodka, guava and lime juice, agave nectar, fresh mint.

  • Goombay Smash: Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Ron Q Coco Rum, Grand Marnier, Coco López Cream of Coconut, pineapple, orange and lime juice.

  • Tampa Bay Old Elephant Foot IPA.

  • Swamp Head Wild Night: Honey cream ale.

  • Mohua Sauvignon Blanc: Dry white wine.

Fusion: Machine Planet Located next to MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

  • Creole Crab Beignets: Cajun brown sugar dusted beignets, stuffed with creamy crab dip and scallions.

  • Ube Ice Cream Bubble Waffle: Purple sweet potato ice cream in a matcha green tea bubble waffle, topped with marshmallows, toasted coconut, strawberry Pocky sticks and popping candies.

  • Mardi Gras Bubble Waffle: Ube and matcha swirl soft-serve ice cream in a Belgian bubble waffle, topped with Mardi Gras sprinkles and sweet corn Pocky sticks.

  • Carrot Cake Concoction: Frozen carrot cake slush topper with purple ube ice cream.

  • Junk Barge Fuel: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Kahlúa, Monin Caramel, Mexican chocolate bitters, agave nectar, iced coffee.

  • Duclaw Sweet Baby Java: Espresso bean infused chocolate peanut butter porter.

  • Fonseca Ruby Port: Sweet red fortified wine.

  • Fonseca Tawny Port: Sweet dark fortified wine.

  • Croft Pink Port: Sweet rosé fortified wine.

India: Floral Planet Located near Woody Woodpecker’s KidZon

  • Vegetable Vindaloo: Romanesco cauliflower florets and sweet potatoes, braised in a hot and sour broth, served with basmati rice.

  • Chana Masala: Spiced chickpea curry, served with tomato and onion salad, basmati rice, naan bread.

  • Vegan Golden Chai Chocolate Blondies: Chai-spiced vegan dessert bar with dark and white vegan chocolates.

  • Potato, Pea and Carrot Samosas: Served with green chutney.

  • Emerald Mojito: Bacardi Superior Rum, agave nectar, lime juice, tropical green tea, fresh mint.

  • Gaea Smash: New Amsterdam Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling mineral water, fresh purple opal basil.

  • Allagash White: Belgian-Style witbier.

  • New Belgium Dominga Mimosa Sour: Wood-aged, orange-flavored sour wheat ale.

  • Raventós I Blanc Cava: Dry sparkling white wine.

Southeast Asia: Volcano Planet Located near Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

  • Papas Bravas: Crispy roasted potatoes, salsa bravas, garlic aioli, parsley.

  • Savory Sopaipilla: Roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pebre salsa, cilantro.

  • Shrimp Laksa: Shrimp, tofu, chicken, hard boiled eggs, Asian noodles in a spicy coconut curry broth.

  • Rou Jia Mo: Braised pork, Thai chili peppers, mustard greens, cilantro in a soft griddled bun.

  • Cosmic Mangonada: Frozen purple mango slush layered with Tajín seasoning and Chamoy sauce (non-alcoholic).

  • Cosmic Cornucopia: New Amsterdam Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Owen’s Cucumber, Lime and Mint Craft Mixer, honeydew melon balls.

  • Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze: Hazy IPA.

  • Stiegl Radler Zitrone: Lemon Radler.

  • Sauvion Vouvray: Slightly sweet white wine.

Central America: Comet Cruisin’ Located at KidZone Pizza Company in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

  • Choripan with French fries: Grilled chorizo, garlic mayo, chimichurri, tomato and onion curtido, split-top roll.

  • Salchipapas: Chorizo, chipotle ketchup, dijonnaise, tomato and onion curtido, crinkle cut fries.

  • Guava Comet Margarita: El Jimador Blanco Tequila, guava, white grapefruit and lime juice, agave nectar.

  • Ommegang Neon Rainbows: Hazy IPA.

  • Finca Resalso Ribera Del Duero: Dry red wine.

  • Finca Nueva Rioja Crianza: Dry red wine.

  • Carro Yecla: Dry red blend.

Brazil Located at Café La Bamba patio

  • Pulled Chicken Coxinha: Crispy pulled chicken teardrop fritters.

  • Romeo & Juliet Coxinha: Guava and cheese-filled pastry bites

  • Beef Coxinha: Tender beef filled crispy rissole.

  • Strawberry Caipirinha Punch: Leblon Cachaça, agave nectar, strawberry purée, lime juice.

  • Pineapple Caipirinha Punch: Leblon Cachaça, agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice.

Guests can save on food and drinks by purchasing a Universal Orlando food and beverage card. Get $75 worth of food and drinks for just $65, or get $150 in food and drinks for $120. Cards are available for purchase at food kiosks around the event.

Tribute Store

The Mardi Gras Tribute Store is back with the theme “Float Factory Warehouse.”

The stunning store is located in Universal Studios’ New York-themed area of the park, which is between The Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon and Revenge of the Mummy attractions. Guests will venture through four highly-themed rooms designed to visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life.

The tribute store is the perfect place to purchase Mardi Gras merchandise such as beads, masks and T-shirts.


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