Mardi Gras Universal Orlando 2024: Your Ultimate Guide

Celebrate Mardi Gras Universal Orlando 2024

If you’re looking for an unforgettable celebration filled with vibrant music, delectable food, and exciting festivities, then look no further than Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024. Each year, Universal Studios Florida transforms into a dazzling tribute to the spirit of Mardi Gras, transporting Guests to the lively streets of New Orleans. From the captivating parade to the sensational concerts and mouthwatering food, the annual Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando is a must-visit event for both locals and tourists alike. Get ready to let the good times roll at the biggest party of the year with this complete guide to help you plan!

Revel in the Universal Mardi Gras Parade 2024

Experience the infectious energy and dazzling spectacle of the Universal Mardi Gras Parade. Taking place at select times throughout the festival, the parade is a highlight of the Mardi Gras season at Universal Orlando. Be sure to check the parade schedule in advance to plan your visit accordingly. As the parade winds its way through the park, you'll be treated to the sight of beautifully designed parade floats, adorned with vibrant colors and intricate details inspired by the iconic city of New Orleans. So, grab your beads and find a prime viewing spot to revel in the excitement of the Universal Mardi Gras Parade!

Exciting Features of the 2024 Parade

Arguably the best part of Universal Orlando Mardi Gras, the 2024 Universal Mardi Gras Parade is set to be a spectacle of epic proportions. Prepare to be amazed as the parade floats make their way through the park, showcasing the best of Mardi Gras spirit. Featuring stunning designs and larger-than-life characters, the parade floats offer a visual feast for the eyes. This year's theme is "Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras" with six new parade floats being created to showcase this theme. The theme will incorporate the mystical creatures of Bourbon Street, a fantasy come to life with entertainers, performers and music to further enhance the spectacle. Whether you're watching from the Hollywood area of the park, or from the streets of New York, you're sure to feel the Mardi Gras spirit.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Parade Times

The parade will start at 5:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 5

  • February 7

  • February 12

  • February 24

  • February 27

The parade will start at 6:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 4

  • February 6

  • February 8 – 9

  • February 11

  • February 13 – 16

  • February 21 – 23

  • February 25 – 26

  • February 28 – March 1

  • March 3 – 8

The parade will start at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 19 – 20

  • March 11 – 15

  • March 18 – April 7

The parade will start at 7:45 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 3

  • February 10

  • February 17 – 18

  • March 2

  • March 9 – 10

  • March 16 – 17

Tips for a Great Parade Experience

To make the most of your Universal Orlando Mardi Gras parade experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot for the parade along the established parade route

  • Don't miss the opportunity to catch beads and experience the Mardi Gras fun - the more you dance and party, the more likely you are to be showered in beads!

  • Plan your visit on select dates to enjoy the vibrant parade festivities

  • A new offering for this year's event is the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine experience. You can enjoy a three course meal at one of four participating restaurants with offers beginning at $84.99. This is a great way to experience all the parade and celebration have to offer.

Discover the Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Concert Lineup

In addition to the mesmerizing parade, Universal Mardi Gras is renowned for its incredible concert lineup. Get ready to dance the night away at the Music Plaza stage, where renowned artists take the spotlight and deliver electrifying performances. From chart-topping acts to iconic bands, the concert lineup is sure to delight music lovers of all genres. So be prepared to sing along to your favorite tunes and soak in the electric atmosphere at the concerts of Universal Mardi Gras 2024.

Spotlight on Headliners

The Music Plaza stage is the heart of the Universal Mardi Gras 2024 concerts, and it's where the headlining performers shine. With the stage set against the backdrop of the park, the artists bring their best to the Mardi Gras season, delivering unforgettable performances night after night. From popular hits to new releases, the headline acts bring a diverse range of music to the stage, ensuring there's something for everyone's taste. So, get ready to sing, dance, and immerse yourself in the incredible energy of the headlining performances at the Music Plaza stage.

Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Concert Lineup

February Performers:

  • February 3: Walker Hayes

  • February 10: The All-American Rejects

  • February 17: Nessa Barrett

  • February 18: KC and the Sunshine Band

  • February 24: Barenaked Ladies

March Performances:

  • March 2: DJ Khaled

  • March 9: Ava Max

  • March 10: Queen Latifah

  • March 16: Luis Fonsi

  • March 17: Zedd

Savor the Flavors of Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Food and Drinks

No celebration is complete without indulging in delicious food and drinks, and Universal Mardi Gras 2024 offers a delectable array of flavors from around the world. From Cajun-inspired dishes to international delights, the food options at the event are sure to satisfy your taste buds. And don't forget the refreshing beverages, including specialty cocktails and mocktails, to quench your thirst. So come hungry and be prepared to savor the flavors of Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando.

The 2024 Mardi Gras Menu: International Flavors of Carnaval

Global flavors of every variety, with dishes inspired by Carnaval celebrations around the world, are all offered at Universal Mardi Gras. The Universal Orlando Resort food is not to be missed, with a wide selection of dishes to satisfy every palette.


  • Sweet & Savory Gouda & Onion Waffle | $8.99: Warm crystalized waffle, smoked gouda, beer braised onions, black forest ham

  • Cookie Butter Liege Waffle | $7.99: Warm crystalized waffle topped with cookie butter, whipped topping, Biscoff cookie (Vegetarian)


  • Shrimp Moqueca | $19.99: Shrimp and coconut cream stew, micro cilantro, white rice

  • Pao de Quijo | $6.99: Brazilian cheese bread (Vegetarian)

  • Brigadeiros | $6.49: Chocolate with condensed milk and Mardi Gras Sprinkles

  • Mango Caipirinha | 12 oz. $13.00: Piras 51 Cachaca, Bols orange curacao, lime juice, simple syrup, mango juice, mango puree, fresh mint, lime wedge


  • Candied Bacon & Onion Poutine | $10.49: Candied bacon spiced curly fries with caramelized onion gravy, cheese curds, spiced maple bacon and parsley

  • Vegan Wild Mushroom Poutine | $9.99: Seasoned curly fries with vegan cheddar, mushroom gravy, truffle oil (Vegan)

  • Fire Cider | 12 oz. $13.00: Fireball cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, cinnamon stick


  • Szechuan Noodle Salad | $5.99: Spicy cold noodle salad with cucumbers, peanuts, cilantro, scallions (Vegan)

  • Spicy Smashed Cucumber | $5.99: Spicy marinated cucumbers with peanuts, cilantro, scallions (Vegan)

  • Potstickers | $5.49: Pork potstickers served with a black vinegar and chili oil dipping sauce

  • Hong Kong Boba Tea | $9.00: Hong Kong style oolong milk tea over ice with coffee boba and salted cheese foam (Vegetarian)


  • Colombian Burger | $9.99: Grilled burger with Monterey Jack cheese, pineapple cabbage slaw, cilantro garlic sauce, potato sticks

  • Arepa de Choclo | $8.49: Traditional sweet corn cake filled with cheese and grilled with honey butter (Vegetarian)

  • Oblea | $6.99: Crispy wafer filled with dulce de leche, strawberries (Vegetarian)

  • Aguardiente Punch | 12 oz. $13.00: Cumbe Aguardiente, lime juice, simple syrup, blackberry concentrate, berry gummies


  • Bananas Foster Crème Brulee Crepe | $11.99: Banana caramel, vanilla cream, fresh bananas, whipped topping, bruleed sugar (Vegetarian)

  • Grand Framboise Slush | $15.00: Grey Goose vodka, Gabriel Boudier Crème de Frambois, raspberry puree, white chocolate syrup


  • Chicken Schnitzel | $8.99: Fried crispy chicken thigh cutlet served with mustard and a lemon wedge

  • Currywurst | $7.99: Crispy skin German bratwurst sliced and topped with a spicy curry ketchup

  • Kasespatzle | $4.99: Cheese spatzle topped with crispy onions (Vegetarian)

  • Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzda | $11.49: Warm pretzel with Bavarian beer cheese dip (Vegetarian)

  • Mutzen | $6.99: Fried lemon-vanilla fritters dusted with powdered sugar (Vegetarian)

  • Beer Flight | $12.50: Flight with Warsteiner Pilsner, Weihensthaner Hefe Weissbier, Ayinger Celebrator


  • Roman Suppli | $7.99: Mozzarella and provolone filled risotto with vodka sauce, roasted red pepper aioli

  • Zabaglione with Berries | $5.99: Frangelico anglaise with mixed berries topped with toasted hazelnuts (Vegetarian) (Alcoholic)

  • Aperol Spritz Sorbet | $14.00: Aperol aperitivo with blood orange sorbet


  • Chilaquiles Verdes | $7.49: Tortillas topped with chile braised shredded chicken, salsa verde, cilantro onion mix with lime crema and cotija cheese

  • Quesabirria | $8.99: Birria beef in a corn tortilla with Monterey Jack, Oaxaca cheese served with birria broth

  • Churro Loops & Chocolate | $7.99: Cinnamon sugar churro loops with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce (Vegetarian)

  • Classic Margarita | 12 oz. $13.00: el Jimador blanco tequila, lime juice, DeKuyper triple sec, agave nectar, smoked sea salt

  • Gran Anejo Margarita | 12 oz. $13.00: Jose Cuervo Anejo tequila, DeKuyper triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar, smoked sea salt

New Orleans

  • Crawfish Etouffee | $7.49: Creamy crawfish and vegetable stew over white rice

  • Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya | $7.49: Mixed rice with andouille, blackened chicken, peppers and tomatoes

  • Fried Green Tomato Po'Boy | $12.49: Flash fried green tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles and Cajun remoulade served with Cajun kettle chips (Vegan)

  • Shrimp Gumbo | $7.49: Stew of trinity, shrimp, andouille and bacon over white rice

  • Shrimp & Crawfish Boil | $14.49: Mixed bag with crawfish, shrimp, andouille, potatoes and corn on the cobb

  • Category 5 Punch | 12 oz. $13.00: Cruzan dark rum, Myers dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, passion fruit puree, grenadine


  • Pancit Bihon | $8.49: Rice noodles, sauteed vegetable, pulled chicken, garlic, soy sauce

  • Crispy Lumpia | $7.49: Pork filled crispy rice paper roll with dipping sauce

  • Pandan Cheesecake | $6.99: Pandan cheesecake with whipped topping, shaved toasted coconut

  • Buko Juice | $12.00: Coconut water, coconut cream, pandan extract, smoked sea salt

Puerto Rico

  • Pastelon | $8.99: Layered casserole of sweet plantain, picadillo, beef topped with Edam cheese

  • Bacalaitos | $7.99: Crispy salt cod fritters with bell peppers, cilantro and onions served with mayo ketchup

  • Pastelitos de Guayaba | $5.99: Guava filled puff pastry with powdered sugar (Vegetarian)

  • Pina Colada | 12 oz. $13.00: Ron de Barrilito Santa Ana Overproof rum, lime juice, coco cream, pineapple juice, smoked sea salt


  • Ensalada de Pulpo | $8.99: Traditional Spanish salad with octopus, fresh herbs, cucumbers, paprika, sherry vinegar

  • Papitas Bravas | $5.99: Seasoned crispy potatoes, paprika aioli (Vegan)

  • Crema Catalana | $6.49: Bruleed citrus milk custard with candied orange peels (Vegetarian)

  • Sangria Flight | $17.00: Flight of Sangria Tinto, Sangria Blanco, Sangria Rosada


  • Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp | $8.49: Sautéed shrimp on a salad of shredded green papaya, carrots, with Thai basil, peanuts, tossed in a spicy Thai dressing

  • Green Curry with Chicken | $6.99: Spicy green curry chicken with shitake mushrooms, eggplant, snap peas, red bell pepper, jasmine rice

  • Chicken Satay | $8.99: Marinated grilled chicken skewer with Thai cucumber, topped with peanut sauce

  • Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea | $12 oz. $13.00: New Amsterdam gin, butterfly tea matcha, passion fruit syrup, mint syrup, simple syrup, lime juice in a pipette

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for Mardi Gras 2024 at Universal Studios?

Universal Orlando Resorts Mardi Gras celebration will run from February 3 - April 7, 2024. This offers plenty of time to get out and let the good times roll.

Is Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida Suitable for All Ages?

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida is a family-friendly event suitable for all ages. Enjoy the vibrant Mardi Gras parade, live music performances, and interactive activities spread throughout the park. And don't forget the unique Mardi Gras food offerings with something to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Just keep in mind that some concerts and parties may have age restrictions.

How do I sample the most food & beverage offerings?

If you're looking to try as many of the delicious food and beverage offerings as you can without breaking the bank, consider purchasing this year's Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard. For $65, you get a $75 credit to use on food and beverage around the park. If you don't use the full balance during Mardi Gras, not to worry, the card can be used for any food and beverage location at the Universal Orlando Resort. From Universal Islands of Adventure to Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar at City Walk, there's plenty of options. A personal favorite for good food on property is the NBC Sports Grill & Brew located in City Walk - grab a bite and watch a game!


In conclusion, Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024 promises a fantastic experience filled with vibrant parades, electrifying concerts, delicious food and drink and unique merchandise. Whether you're looking to dance along with the parade, groove to your favorite artists, indulge in mouthwatering treats, or explore the amazing Mardi Gras Tribute Store, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Mardi Gras 2024 at Universal Studios is suitable for all ages, making it a perfect event for families and friends to celebrate together. Mark your calendars and get ready to let the good times roll at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024!

Looking for additional Mardi Gras fun? Check out SeaWorld Orlando's Mardi Gras Celebration or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Mardi Gras Event.

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