Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2021 Guide

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Universal Orlando Resort is celebrating the Big Easy again this year with the return of their popular Mardi Gras celebration! During the evenings from February 6 to March 28, Universal Studios Florida Park will roll out an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. All of the festivities are included in regular park admission (excluding food purchases) so let’s take a look at all the ways you can “laissez le bon temps rouler!”

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras


It isn’t a Mardi Gras celebration without Cajun food! Throughout the evenings, guests can sample the flavors of Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain and other regions including, of course, New Orleans. Beginning at 4 pm during the celebration, guests will find an array of food booths all around Universal Studios Florida offering Carnaval items.










New Orleans

Puerto Rico


Trinidad and Tobago

Float Displays

In years past, one of the biggest draws for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration was the parade featuring stilt walkers, performers, and impressively crafted floats. Due to physical distancing guidelines in place this year, the parade has been modified. While there won’t be the normal procession of brightly colored floats tossing beads to the crowd, guests can still enjoy these elaborately designed pieces of art. During theis year’s celebration, the floats will be stationed at various points around Universal Studios Florida. Guests will be allowed to get an up-close look as well as pose for some festive photos.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

Live Performances

During this year’s festivities, guests will find a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians. All performances are free of charge and feature some of the most talented street musicians from the New Orleans area.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Tribute Store

If you want to make sure you’re decked out for the big party you can stock up on Universal Orlando Mardi Gras themed merchandise at the new Mardi Gras Tribute Store. Universal recently debuted the new concept of the tribute store for last year’s Halloween festivities and it turned out to be a big hit with guests. The store will contain multiple themed rooms with photo ops:

  • A hopping jazz parlor straight out of the 1920s with dueling pianos and bellowing brass
  • A flower-filled nautical cemetery, where many sea captains were laid to rest
  • A waterfront warehouse, where all manner of smuggled treasures and trinkets are stashed

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