First Look at Universal Orlando’s EPIC Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras celebrations are in full swing over at Universal Orlando.

Mardi Gras is here!

We were there for the first day of the celebration which will last all the way until April 16th. We saw everything there is to experience like the tribute store, all the food, and of course, the entertainment. We made sure to catch the parade so we could give you the first look at this year’s parade!

We got ourselves a good spot and settled in to see the parade.

Got our spot

This year’s parade theme is the “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras,” which features six NEW floats of dragons, phoenixes, unicorns, and more. You can also catch beads from the floats. If you’d rather be the one throwing the beads, you can purchase the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience, which will give you a three-course meal and a reservation on one of those floats. Let the parade begin!

It’s Mardi Gras!

One of the floats was what looked like a Norse dragon on a Viking longship.

Mythical creatures is this year’s theme

Between floats, you’ll find some entertainers in dazzling costumes.


Of course, you can’t have a Mardi Gras parade in Florida without a Gator Float.

The gator

You’ll also see traditional Mardi Gras floats

A traditional float

This float pays homage to Mardi Gras music, aka JAZZ.

All that jazz

This float looks like it came straight out of the fairy realm.

A fairy?

One float was dedicated to rainbow unicorns.


The parade lights up the night with vibrant colors!

SO beautiful

One float is dedicated to the phoenix (Fawkes, is that you?).

Phoenix float

Needless to say, the parade is QUITE the spectacle.


This one looks like a mythical sea dragon.

Sea dragon?

We love how the entertainers are decked out for the parade.

All decked out for Mardi Gras

You can’t have Mardi Gras without a Jester float.


How fun it is to watch the entertainers on stilts in their bright costumes!


In addition to the parade, you can also experience live concerts, afterparties on select nights, and so much more. As always, stay tuned to AllEars for all the latest Universal news!

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