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From February 4th to April 16th, there is plenty to see and do at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval!

Mardi Gras at Universal in 2022

Not only will there be a massive Mardi Gras parade, but you can also sample delicious Carnaval foods from around the world as well as see performances from some of the top names in music, like Maren Morris and the Goo Goo Dolls.

This year’s parade theme is “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras” and will include all sorts of magical creatures. Get ready to see dragons, phoenixes, unicorns and more with a fun Mardi Gras twist! These new designs will join their other traditional floats, like their two-story Riverboat and the almost 50-foot-long King Gator.


There will be a Mardi Gras float ride and dine experience which was previously announced, however the price has been raised from $64.99 to $84.99.

New to 2023 is a revamped Mardi Gras Tribute Store where guests can shop a wide selection of themed merchandise, including apparel, accessories, and collectibles.

Mardi Gras Tribute Store (2022)

And of course, there will be plenty to eat! Chow down on New Orleans fare like beignets and muffuletta or try some international items like their Shrimp Ceviche Tostada from Mexico or the Mofongo Flight inspired by the Carnaval Ponceño in Puerto Rico. For a limited time, you can get a $75 Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card for $65, giving you an extra $10 to spend on any of the festival’s delicacies.

Bayou Bites (2021)

If what you’re looking forward to is the music, there are plenty of amazing acts to see! Here are the dates for the 2023 concert lineup:

  • February 4 – Patti LaBelle
  • February 10 – JVKE
  • February 11 – Goo Goo Dolls
  • February 18 – Maren Morris
  • February 19 – WILLOW
  • February 25 – 3 Doors Down
  • March 4 – Sean Paul
  • March 5 – Lauren Daigle
Can’t Forget the Beads!

Universal Passholders get some exclusive perks like a Mardi Gras themed magnet, the chance to reserve a spot on a Mardi Gras parade float, access to a special parade viewing area, and more!

Universal Orlando Annual Pass

Entry to Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is included in your regular theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida, so if you’re planning on going to the park during the festival be sure to check it out!

Check Out The NEW Mardi Gras Dining Package Coming to Universal Orlando!

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