PHOTOS & VIDEOS: We’re At the First Day of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras!

Universal Orlando hosts a variety of exciting events throughout the year!

Universal Orlando Resort

Whether it’s the famous Halloween Horror Nights or the Grinch-filled holiday celebrations, it seems as though they have things going on all year long. And now, we’re celebrating the first day of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras!


When you step into Universal Studios Florida, you can almost immediately see the Mardi Gras decorations and excitement!

We spotted this sign at the entrance.

Mardi Gras at Universal!

There were lots of Mardi Gras themed statues and displays throughout the park, like this guy!

Mardi Grad Decorations!

The lamp posts even had Mardi Gras hats on!

Mardi Gras!

Here’s another statue we spotted in the park.

Happy Mardi Gras!

There is a very floral Mardi Gras display!

Mardi Gras Decorations!

Those are some of the decorations we spotted today!


All around the park, there are Mardi Gras-themed food kiosks put up specifically for the occasion. Here, you can enjoy some delicious (and festive!) flavors with unique treats that you won’t be able to get any other time of the year.

The foods are all inspired by different “planets!” Here’s are the foods inspired by the floral planet, including Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Vindaloo, Golden Chai Chocolate Brownies, and more!

Floral Foods!

Here are some more foods we found!

Here, we have some Choripan and other foods from Brazil!

Mardi Gras Foods!

We also had to track down the beignets!

Here are the foods from Planet Mardi Gras! We have beignets, bloody mary’s and more!

Planet Mardi Gras!

That’s some of the food we spotted today!


But it wouldn’t be a REAL party without some awesome entertainment! For starters, you can find street performers and stilt walkers during the daytime.


Here are some more stilt walkers!

Stilt Walkers!

They also had a marching band!

Marching Band!

Guests will also get to witness the spectacular Mardi Gras Parade every day! This parade is bursting with vibrant floats and lively performers — it’s definitely a can’t miss.

The Miss Orleans

Here’s another float we spotted!

Parade Float!

This float is a giant sparkly gator!

It’s a gator!

This float was all about colorful beads!

It came with its own beads

And at night, Universal takes things up a notch! Each night of Mardi Gras, there will be a concert live on the Music Plaza Stage. Some of the biggest artists will be performing throughout the next few weeks, from Jason Derulo to Becky G to Gavin Degraw. What a lineup! We say Sugar Ray take the stage last night!

Sugar Ray was amazing!

Here’s a closer look at Sugar Ray!

What a great show!

We can’t wait to see more Mardi Gras concerts!

Time for the show!

We will continue to update this post as we continue to go around Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando!

That’s everything we saw today on the first day of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras! Keep following along with AllEars for the latest Universal news and updates.

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  1. In case you’re still checking comments:
    My sister and I are planning a first-time trip for this winter, and I’m super excited! Priority is lower crowds, but Mardi Gras also sounds fun and exciting! Presuming MG starts Feb 4, for a first trip, would coming the week before, Sun 1/29-Wed 2/1, seeing the parks in their “normal state,” be better than the next week, Sun, 2/5-Wed 2/8? Or is MG cool enough to push us to the February dates? Do you think crowds will be bigger because of MG, or just on the concert nights? Thanks for any insight!