Your Guide to Mardi Gras 2023 at Universal Orlando Resort


If Mardi Gras in New Orleans isn't your thing, how about Mardi Gras in Florida? Go "beyond the bayou" for Mardi Gras this year at Universal Orlando Resort - an awesome party inspired Carnaval celebrations from around the world. 

Enjoy dancers and street performers throughout the day, then on select nights, catch the Mardi Gras parade with floats from the Big Easy. Universal Studios emulates the fun of New Orleans' classic Mardi Gras in a family-friendly way all can enjoy. Mardi Gras at Universal Studios debuted in 1995 and has grown year after year. 

When is Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Florida?

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios takes place February 4 - April 16, 2023. 

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Is there any extra cost for Mardi Gras fun?

No! The celebration (excluding food and beverage) is included in your Universal park admission. As long as you have entry into the park, you can enjoy the festivities. And when you book your vacation with Cupcake Castles Travel Company, you receive early park admission!

What is there to do during Mardi Gras at Universal? 

Watch parades (on select nights) of spectacular floats while dancers dance in the street. Sample flavors from the bayou to Brazil and beyond. Enjoy live music all around and concerts (on select nights), then go ahead and get your beads and your party on!

New for 2023! Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience

Available select Dates Feb. 4–Apr. 16. Get a reserved spot on a parade float and toss beads to the crowd. It’s the best way to guarantee your place in the parade! Plus, enjoy a 3-course meal selecting from the full menu at one of four participating restaurants at Universal Orlando Resort including Finnegan’s Bar & Grill, Lombard’s Seafood Grill, & The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. 

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Food at Universal's Mardi Gras

Craving some New Orleans-style food & spirits, but not able to make it all way to Louisiana? Universal has you covered! This year's food lineup has yet to be announced, but based off of years past you can enjoy traditional New Orleans favorites including beignets, po'boys, and jambalaya, and specialty cocktails for those 21+.

Last year’s festival let you experience an international fest cuisine all around Universal Studios Florida; inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sabor Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain and other regions including, of course, New Orleans in Mardi Gras 2023! 

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What are the concerts for Universal's Mardi Gras 2023?

One of the most exciting elements to Mardi Gras at Universal is the free concerts! They are a huge perk included with your festival and are usually some pretty large artists. This year's 2023 concert lineup can be viewed below:
  • February 4, 2023: Patti LaBella
  • February 10, 2023: JVKE
  • February 11, 2023: Goo Goo Dolls
  • February 18, 2023: Maren Morrie
  • February 19, 2023: WILLOW
  • March 5, 2023: Lauren Daigle

Are you ready to plan your Universal Orlando vacation? Reach out to us today! All CCTC bookings receive Early Park Admission (one hour before regular guests!).

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