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Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval Kicks Off This Weekend, Inviting Guests to Let the Good Times Roll with Savory Global Cuisine, a Dazzling Parade, Live Concerts on Select Nights and More

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2024) – Universal Orlando Resort’s seasonal celebration, Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval, begins this Saturday, February 3 and runs daily through Sunday, April 7. The fan-favorite event returns to Universal Studios Florida with an expansive menu of sweet, savory and spicy dishes inspired by New Orleans favorites and iconic Carnaval flavors from around the globe, a dazzling Mardi Gras parade where guests can catch tons of beads, live concerts by top names in music on select nights – including recent addition, breakout pop sensation Nessa Barrett – and more.

See below for more information about the festivities that await at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, plus special offers guests and clients can take advantage of this season:

Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval Experiences
Guests can experience a Mardi Gras party like no other as they enjoy:

  • Live performances by top names in music like DJ Khaled, Ava Max, Luis Fonsi and Nessa Barrett at the Music Plaza Stage on select nights (see below for full concert lineup).




February 3 Walker Hayes
February 10 The All-American Rejects
February 17 Nessa Barrett
February 18 KC and the Sunshine Band
February 24 Barenaked Ladies
March 2 DJ Khaled
March 9 Ava Max
March 10 Queen Latifah
March 16 Luis Fonsi
March 17 Zedd


  • Mouthwatering flavors of global Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Spain to China and beyond with an expansive menu featuring more than 60 tasting-sized items – including the classic Fried Green Tomato Po’boy and fan-favorite fluffy Beignets from New Orleans, Chicken Schnitzel from Germany, Chilaquiles Verdes from Mexico and so much more.
  • A dazzling Mardi Gras parade where they can catch beads by the handful. This year’s parade features six new floats inspired by elements like Earth, wind, water, fire, the sun and moon. The collection of new floats will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats to complete this year’s vibrant parade.
    • Plus, guests can take their Mardi Gras party to the next level with the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience, which includes a delicious 3-course meal at one of four participating restaurants, followed by the opportunity to be a part of the parade by tossing beads aboard a float as it winds down the streets of Universal Studios Florida. Click here for more information.
  • An all-new incredibly-themed Tribute Store that will take guests on a haunted river cruise through the Mississippi complete with beads, treats and a gator or two. Here, guests can shop for ultra-festive Mardi Gras merchandise to commemorate their visit – ranging from t-shirts, jean jackets and hoodies to bucket hats, cups and a gator light-up popcorn bucket.
  • Special Mardi Gras offerings at select venues at Universal CityWalk, including a new Year of the Dragon Shake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Plus, guests can attend a Mardi Gras After Party at Pat O’Brien’s on select nights, and enjoy special entertainment and theming at the Red Coconut Club – which will transform back to the Cursed Coconut Club – for the Mardi Gras season.
  • And more!

Incredible Ticket Offers with Free Days to Get the Mardi Gras Party Started This Spring
Guests looking to experience Universal Mardi Gras and all that Universal Orlando has to offer can take advantage of a variety of incredible offers to plan their visit. Right now, U.S., Canada and Latin America residents can enjoy two free days of admission with the purchase of a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket (click here to learn more). Clients can also take advantage of the Save 25% on a 3-Park, 5-Night Vacation Package, which includes 5-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in addition to a 3-Park, 5-Day Park-to-Park ticket to visit Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure and Universal Volcano Bay.

Access to Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information about Universal Mardi Gras, visit