Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida is back and bigger than ever! Get ready to get your groove on with spectacular parades, costumes, live concerts and authentic French Quarter Food. This year’s celebration takes place from February 6th to April 16th. Don’t miss out on Florida’s biggest party! Here’s five reasons why Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras should be on your vacation to do list.
1. The Parade
The Parade is a must for all park-goers. This year’s parade is bigger than ever with more than 1.7 million beads flying in the air and four brand new floats that showcases the different culture and festivals from around the world. The new floats are ‘Venetian Carnival’, ‘Oktoberfest’, ‘4th of July’ and ‘Rio de Janeiro Carnival’. The parade floats are made by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that creates the floats for the Mardi Gras parade at New Orleans.
Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is completely kid-friendly with an exclusive parade viewing area just for the little ones. The viewing area is located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop and is available beginning one hour before the parade starts.
3. Live Concerts
Park-goers can enjoy live concerts from music’s biggest names like rock music’s best-selling bands Fall Out Boy and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Jessie J. The concerts line-up caters to music lovers from different genres. There is no seating for these concerts and space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Universal’s Orlando 2016 Concert Line-up:
• February 6: Hunter Hayes
• February 13: Diana Ross
• February 14: Barenaked Ladies
• February 20: Nate Ruess
• February 27: Fall Out Boy
• March 5: Kool & the Gang
• March 12: The Fray
• March 13: Adam Lambert
• March 19: Shawn Mendes
• March 20: 3 Doors Down
• March 26: REO Speedwagon
• April 2: T-Pain
• April 9: Jessie J
• April 16: Yandel
4. Authentic Cajun Cuisine
Enjoy traditional Cajun Cuisine from the Big Easy at the French Quarter Courtyard. Sample mouth-watering spicy Jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, grilled Andouille sausage and more.
5. It’s already included with your Universal admission!
Yes, that’s right! Mardi Gras festivities and concerts are included with paid admission to Universal Studios.
Looking for accommodations? Check out The Point Orlando Resort, a recently renovated full-service, all-suite, luxury boutique hotel is quaintly tucked away in the heart of Orlando on Universal Blvd, just minutes from Universal Studios and International Drive.
The Point Orlando Resort is operated by Paramount Hospitality Management LLC. For more information, please visit www.paramounthospitality.com