Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras Celebration

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If you’ve ever wanted to experience Mardi Gras with the family Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras Celebration is your “must-see” destination. Last week, I was invited by Universal Orlando Resort to experience this incredible event first hand. It was authentic, family friendly, and not to be missed! Wanna know the best part? The Mardi Gras concerts, parade and French Quarter food & music are all included with your admission or annual pass.

Can’t make it Mardi Gras weekend? That’s OK! This celebration keeps going for several weeks. In fact, there is still time to catch it THIS year! All the concerts, parade, food and fun are happening in the park through April 18th.  Here’s some of what you can expect to see during your visit:

Street Performers

Mardi Gras Street Performers

 Authentic Music and Foods

Over in the French Courtyard, you’ll find sizzlin’ smells and sounds to delight your ears and fill your tummy. Head over to choose from a variety of Cajun and Creole foods. While you are eating, enjoy authentic zydeco bands straight from New Orleans. Our group enjoyed a delicious meal of gumbo, jambalaya, andouille sausage, and beignets.

Mardi Gras food
Mardi Gras Music

Experience a seriously IMPRESSIVE Mardi Gras Parade

What is Mardi Gras without a parade?! Of course there will be a parade!  This year the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Parade features 13 exquisitely detailed floats.  These floats were engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. Following the parade floats are performers, dancers, glittered, stilt walkers all dressed in colorful costumes. As a guest experiencing the parade you will have the opportunity to catch beads tossed by the handfuls from the floats along the extensive parade route.  During my visit, our group had the unique opportunity to costume up and toss beads from the King and Queen float.

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14_King Gator Float, Mardi Gras at UOR

Live Concerts

In addition to the wonderful Zydeco street musicians from the Big Easy, there are also large-scale concerts held on site after each parade event. Universal Orlando Resort has an all-star concert line up sure to impress. Some names include Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson, Trey Songz, and Trace Adkins.  MKTO was the featured group during our visit and were ever in for a surprise!  Prior to our ride in the parade, the guys from MKTO treated us like the VIP’s by sneaking up and joining a group picture and talking with us individually. They even agreed to take a selfie with me.

MKTO Mardi Gras

MKTO selfie

After we quickly exited our float and de-costumed, we booked it over to the stage where our new friends MKTO were performing to enjoy their show that was already full of excitement and great energy!

MKTO 2

It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I hope you have the opportunity to visit Universal Orlando Resort to have a Mardi Gras experience of your own. For more information on accommodations, park tickets, and other FAQ’s visit the Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras website here.

Disclosure: my trip experience, accommodations, and dining experiences were all provided by Universal Orlando Resort as part of a sponsored trip. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

 

 

 

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    They really do it up right down there. I had such a blast hangin’ out on the float with you that night.

  2. What a fun way to experience Mardi Gras.. and you got to see MKTO Live. What a thrill for you.
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  3. For sure this is something that I think my family and I need to attend. I was just talking to my neighbor last week about getting season passes to Universal Studios!! I love it!
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  4. What a neat place to celebrate! Looks like loads of fun!

  5. I didn’t even know Universal Studios did a Mardi Gras themed event. That’s pretty cool. It looks like it was tons of fun.
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  6. I bet this was amazing! I love all things Universal but I’ve never even known about this!
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  7. I’m so glad I was able to experience this mardi gras celebration first hand. I had so much fun!
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  8. This looks like so much fun! This would be the best way to do Mardi Gras- at a family friendly place.
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  9. I had NO idea that this happened at Universal Orlando. What a miss!!! I would have been going every time I’m in the area around April. Now I know!
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  10. How cool. Looks like you had the time of your life on your trip to Orlando. Mardi Gras is a great mite of year.

  11. This year was my first time going to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando. It definitely won’t be my last. It was such a blast!

  12. Now that looks like the kind of party that I can handle these days.

  13. This looks like such an amazing event I would love to get to Unversal again some time and while this is going on would just be a bonus.
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  14. This looks like an amazing experience. I’m so glad that you got to go and add this to your bucket list.
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  15. This Mardi Gras celebration looks like tons of fun, I would love to be there!

  16. This looks like so much fun! Would love to attend one of these celebrations!
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  17. I have never celebrated Mardi Gras! Looks like a great time in Orlando 😀
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  18. these are such beautiful colorful pictures. Looks like a heck of a good time
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  19. Never been to mardis gras but would love to go someday.
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  20. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This looks like an amazing time. I would love to go to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras celebration.

  21. Looks like this is the place to go for Mardis Gras. Especially true if you want the excitement but prefer family friendly. 😉

  22. It looks like you had a blast. I love Mardi Gras celebrations. They are so colorful
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  23. My family and I are heading to Universal studios next week and I cant wait!! This looks so fun!!

  24. I’m totally jealous of all you who got to go. Glad you had fun!
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  25. Melissa Smith says

    Oh my gosh that looks like SO much fun!!!! I’d love to go to Universal for Mardi Gras one of these years!

  26. The pictures are awesome. Looks like a great event filled with loads of fun & joy, a different experience altogether. I would love to be a part of one such Mardi Gras celebration sometime sooner.

  27. It looks like you had so much fun and that Universal Orlando knows how to throw an amazing party. I love the decor and the costumes as they are such fun and vibrant colours.
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