Universal Mardi Gras kicks off in less than a month bringing a New Orleans style party to Orlando and we finally know the performers who will be taking the stage along with more event details! Universal Mardi Gras officially begins on February 1 and will run through April 2, and on select nights you’ll be able to enjoy a concert from some big names in the music industry, including Diana Ross, The Roots, REO Speedwagon, TLC, and so many more! Every Saturday of the event will feature a concert as well as select Sundays and one Friday performance. However, just because concerts aren’t happening on weeknights doesn’t mean the party isn’t still great. Take a look at the full list of Mardi Gras performers and keep reading on to see what you can expect from the event!
- February 1 – The Roots
- February 8 – Karol G
- February 15 – Bell Biv Devoe
- February 16 – +Live+
- February 22 – Kool & the Gang
- February 29 – TLC
- March 7 – REO Speedwagon
- March 8 – Dustin Lynch
- March 13 – Luis Fonsi
- March 14 – The All-American Rejects
- March 15 – Diana Ross
- March 20 – Chris Young
- March 21 – Earth, Wind & Fire
- March 22 – Marshmello
- March 28 – Why Don’t We
- March 29 – Gavin DeGraw
This year is the 25th anniversary of Universal Mardi Gras, so you can expect this year to be very exciting. The theme of this year’s parade is Treasures of the Deep. The nightly Mardi Gras parade will debut six new floats inspired by mystical creatures of the deep, the sunken city of Atlantis and more. Plus, the fan-favorite floats will return to the parade with all-new decor celebrating 25 years of party. The parade runs throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida in Production Central, Hollywood, and New York, so there are plenty of ideal viewing spots.
New to this year is the Carnival Around the Universe tasting tent that will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide. New menu items will debut bi-weekly at Carnival Around the Universe, so you’ll want to come back and experience Universal Mardi Gras multiple times to get the full experience. In addition to the Carnival Around the Universe tasting tent, all of the authentic Cajun cuisine you’d normally find at The French Quarter Courtyard will return along with the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard that can actually save you money if you want to try basically one of everything. Also returning is the Bayou Boil add-on experience that replicates the experience of a New Orleans crawfish boil.
The most important thing to remember about Universal Mardi Gras is that it’s included in your park admission making the event FREE! This even includes the 16 concert dates. You can also take advantage of Universal Mardi Gras by becoming a Universal Orlando Annual Passholder, but keep in mind that blockout dates can apply on some annual passes. Universal Mardi Gras is one of the best times of the year to visit Universal Orlando and the 25th year of Mardi Gras is one you won’t want to miss.