Get ready to let the good times roll again as Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras returns February 5 – April 24, 2022.
This year’s celebration will fill Universal Studios Florida with a spectacular Mardi Gras parade, celebratory cuisine featuring diverse flavors from around the world, the much-awaited return of star-studded live concerts, and so much more.
Mardi Gras happens on select nights and is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Florida!
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2022 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
“Planet Mardi Gras” Parade
Every year the Universal Orlando Resort knocks it out of the park with their Mardi Gras parade, and this year’s original parade theme is “Planet Mardi Gras.”
To go along with the theme, six all-new and incredibly-detailed floats featuring cosmic-inspired elements will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats, including my favorite Jester and the nearly 50-foot long King Gator.
The “Planet Mardi Gras” parade will wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida on select dates, accompanied by high-energy music and dozens of performers donning illuminating costumes that bring the party to “light” in a whole new way.
Flavors from Around the World
Universal’s award-winning chefs have cooked up an array of delicious culinary delicacies inspired by various locations around the globe to spice up this year’s Mardi Gras festivities.
This international culinary journey includes dishes like the tasty Crawfish Boil and melt-in-your-mouth Beignets from New Orleans, Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa (a sweet and spicy noodle soup) from Southeast Asia, Vegan Samosas with spicy green chutney from India, and Salchipapas (a popular street food made with sausage and potatoes) from Central America.
Want to save some money while experiencing these fantastic flavors? Pick Up a “Mardi Gras Food and Beverage” card, available for purchase throughout the park during the event.
Live Music at Mardi Gras
On select nights during Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration, celebration goers can enjoy free concerts from music legend Diana Ross, global superstar Khalid, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Marshmello, and 12 other top artists.
This year’s Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2022 Concert Lineup includes:
- February 5: Sugar Ray
- February 12: Diana Ross
- February 19: Barenaked Ladies
- February 20: Styx
- February 26: Jon Pardi
- March 5: LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-Trip
- March 6: Marshmello
- March 12: Lee Brice
- March 13: Becky G
- March 18: Khalid
- March 19: Seal
- March 20: Gavin DeGraw
- March 25: The Revivalists
- March 26: Jimmie Allen
- March 27: Jason Derulo
These amazing concerts will take place on the Music Plaza Stage, an outdoor, standing-room-only venue inspired by the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
Are you looking for more of an authentic Mardi Gras beat? Brass bands will perform daily throughout the park, bringing the soulful sounds of New Orleans to the heart of Universal Studios.
“Float Factory Warehouse” Tribute Store
The Mardi Gras Tribute Store is also returning with an all-new theme, Float Factory Warehouse.
Upon entering the incredibly themed retail space, guests will venture through four highly themed rooms designed to visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life.
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras fans will want to take extra time to see everything from pencil sketches and scale models to parade décor to an actual, full-size Mardi Gras float.
The Tribute Store is open daily for guests to take home a piece of Florida’s Biggest Party, snap some fun pictures, and even enjoy an event-exclusive treat.
Indulge Beyond the Park
Party beyond the park with Mardi Gras-inspired cuisine at select Universal CityWalk venues and Universal Orlando hotels.
At CityWalk, specialty food can be found at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, Pat O’Brien’s, and Voodoo Doughnut.
You will want to resort hop to every Universal Orlando hotel to enjoy their unique specialty menu of items.
Special Mardi Gras Offers for Florida Residents
All the excitement of Universal’s Mardi Gras is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida, and Florida Residents have two great ways to save.
Florida Residents who purchase a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure will receive an additional two days free.
Want to kick that special offer up another level? Florida Residents can also add a 1-Day ticket to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park for only $29 more.
This amazing offer is available for purchase through March 31, is valid for use until June 30 without blockout dates, can be used on non-consecutive days, and requires proof for Florida residency.
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