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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2019

Florida’s biggest party – Universal Orlando Mardi Gras – kicks off February 9thOnce again Universal Orlando brings New Orleans to Central Florida until April 4, 2019.

Enjoy nightly parades with outrageous performers, colorful costumes and countless beads flying through the air. Catch some of the biggest names in music live in concert on select nights.

The star-studded concert line-up includes:

  • Saturday Feb 9 –       BUSH
  • February 16-              GAVIN DEGRAW
  • Feburary 17-              DAN + SHAY
  • Feburary 23-              MACKELMORE
  • March 9-                    BECKY G
  • March 10-                  SEAN PAUL
  • March 16-                  STEVE MILLER BAND
  • March 17-                  ZIGGY MARLEY
  • March 23 –                NF
  • March 24-                  PITBULL

If you plan on viewing any of these performances, keep in mind that there are no seats.  You will be standing therefore you should plan to arrive at least 2-6 hours before the concert starts- the more popular the act, the earlier you should arrive.  Checking out crowd calendars beforehand may help with your planning.

The nightly parade will entail 12 floats and the theme will be “Party Animals.”  The floats and performers will be dressed as their favorite spirit animals from all over the world like the Artic, jungle, ocean and more. It’s an elaborate affair giving guests the opportunity to dance along with street performers and collect beads by handfuls as you watch the fun, colorful floats pass by.

Parade times:

5:15PM:

February 21 & March 4th:

6:15PM

Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Mar. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

7:15PM:

March 3

7:30PM:

Mar. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Apr. 1, 2, 3, 4

7:45PM:

Feb. 9, 16, 17, 23
Mar. 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

Enjoy authentic mouth-watering Cajun food available for purchase. Enjoy a variety of New Orleans dishes at the French Quarter Courtyard like beignets, frog legs, crab etoufee and crawfish.

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Additionally, you can enjoy authentic New Orleans bands each nigh.  Enjoy the beats of the Big Easy! Catch these authentic New Orleans bands performing daily in the French Quarter.

  • February 9-17:                 Dirty Bourban River Show
  • February 18-27:               Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • February 28-March 18:    Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • March 19-April 4:             New Breed Brass Band

You can enjoy all set of activities FREE with as long as you have an admission ticket on the Mardi Gras event date.

Want a chance a riding on one of the floats and tossing beads into the crowd? Here’s how!

Annual Passholders:

There is a sign-up form that annual passholders can access, which formally requests a spot on one of the floats. There are a few things that you should be aware of first:

  • Space is limited, and signing up does not guarantee a spot
  • Must be 18 years of age (or accompanied by an adult)
  • Must be at least 48 inches tall
  • No bags or strollers
  • Floats can accommodate guests in push wheelchairs with advance notice

On-site Hotel Guests:

Universal has allowed a limited number of Universal Orlando on-site hotel guests to also participate in the Mardi Gras parade. The same restrictions as above apply here.

The link to register is advertised as UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGrasFloat; however, this link does not seem to work. Some guests have had success visiting the ticket counter at their on-site hotel or stopping by Guest Services at Universal Studios Florida, so that’s what we recommend you do.

 Standby

Each night, two hours prior to the parade time, there is a standby line that forms outside of A Day in the Park with Barney in Woody Woodpeckers Kid Zone. Should there be spots on the floats due to the previously-outlined guests not showing up, a limited number of those in the line may be allowed to ride a float. We hear this is most likely to happen on a weekday.

Got kids? The Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop offers an unobstructed view for petite partygoers.  Access is available beginning one hour before the parade starts.