Entertainment Editor

One holiday season ends and another one begins. Universal Orlando is ready for Mardi Gras.

Happening daily from Feb. 9 through April 4, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration features big name live music, authentic Cajun-style cuisine and a nightly parade.  

Mardi Gras Parade Opening Night Universal Studios Florida USF New York area


The theme park announced last week this year’s Mardi Gras celebration lineup, with big names like Macklemore and Pitbull.

See the full schedule:

• Feb. 9 — BUSH

• Feb. 16 — Gavin DeGraw

• Feb. 17 — Dan & Shay

• Feb. 23 — Macklemore

• March 9 — Becky G

• March 10 — Sean Paul 

• March 16 — Steve Miller Band

• March 17 — Ziggy Marley

• March 23 — NF

• March 24 — Pitbull

Note: Artists for dates including March 2, 30 and 31 have yet to be announced. 

The celebration also features nightly music by true New Orleans bands, pulled right from Bourbon Street, in The French Quarter Courtyard. 

See the lineup: 

• Feb. 9-17 — Dirty Bourbon River Show

• Feb. 18-27 — Naughty Professor Brass Band

• Feb. 28 through March 18 — Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister

• March 19 through April 4 — New Breed Brass Band


Where there’s great music, there should be great food and drinks. And at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration, there is.

The menu returns with authentic Cajun cuisine. But different from last year, all food and beverage selections will be served as a “tasting size,” allowing guests to indulge in more than just one option. 

To go with a new serving method, Universal Orlando is offering new menu items. This year’s additions include frog legs, crab etouffee and craft beer flights. Returning favorites include a variety of gumbo, jambalaya, po boys and more.

All Mardi Gras food can be found in The French Quarter Courtyard.  


The party doesn’t stop at live music and food. Universal Orlando hosts a nightly parade during Mardi Gras, with beads, beads and more beads. (There will be floats and additional live entertainment, too.) 

Kern Studios — the company that has been creating Mardi Gras floats since 1947 — is engineering the parade of 12 party animal-themed floats, six of which are brand new, with animals from the arctic, jungle and ocean.


Admission to Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is included in general theme park admission or with an annual pass.

For more information, visit UniversalOrlando.com.