PHOTOS & VIDEOS: First Look At Universal Orlando’s EPIC Mardi Gras Parade!

Disclosure: We were invited by Universal to attend a media event for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

The Mardi Gras celebration has kicked off at Universal Orlando and we’re bringing you along on our adventures through the food, drinks, and entertainment!

We’re at Mardi Gras!

We’ve been waiting in anticipation for this year’s celebration, and it’s FINALLY here! You can expect live concerts, delicious Cajun foods, and of course — a parade! We’re sharing our first look at the 2022 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Nighttime Parade. Let’s take a look!

The 2022 Mardi Gras party runs from February 5th to April 24th, 2022 — though it did get extended twice last year!

And of course, it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a parade! The whole thing kicked off with some dancers in colorful costumes, some on stilts!

And so it begins!

Throughout the celebration, guests will be able to see authentic New Orleans-made floats glide by, like this one!

The Miss Orleans

The Krewe of Dionysus brought a Dragon Float to the parade.

A dragon

We’re always amazed at the creativity behind each float.

So creative!

This one took us under the ocean to float around with some sea friends.

Let’s go under the ocean!

Look at all the incredible details of this float — it has a steampunk kind of vibe.

So many details

Oh, and don’t worry, you’ll get LOADS of beads thrown at you from each float!

There were SO many beads!

The performers between floats wore some amazing costumes that lit up the night.

Light-up costumes

This float was strung with its own beads!

It came with its own beads

There was even a float depicting a Bourbon Street Jazz Club. Let the good times roll.

It’s a jazz club

You can’t have a Mardi Gras parade without the King and Queen.

The King and Queen

Check out these dancers made out to look like lobsters!

That’s not Sebastian, by the way.

The final float was a bedazzled alligator, which is SO New Orleans.

Check out our total bead count!

You can catch the parade at the following times:

  • February 25th: 5:15PM
  • February 6th-11th, 14th-17th, 22nd-24th, 28th, and March 1st: 6:15PM
  • February 13th, 18th, 21st, and 27th, March 2nd-4th, and March 7th-11th: 7:15 PM
  • March 14th-17th, 21st-24th, 28th-31st,  April 3rd-7th, and April 9th-24th: 7:30PM
  • February 5th, 12th, 19th, 20th, and 26th, March 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 18th-20th, and March 25th-27th: 7:45PM

Also, don’t forget you can join a virtual line to get the opportunity to be IN The parade on one of the floats!

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