FULL Guide to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando in 2024!

Can you believe that we’re already celebrating Mardi Gras?

Quincy with Mardi Gras Parade performers

While we might not be in New Orleans for the occasion, we’re celebrating just as hard at Universal Orlando! Yep, Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval began on February 3rd, 2024, and will run until April 7th, 2024. We’re headed to Universal to check it out for ourselves. Wanna come with? Of course you do!

There are all sorts of things to experience at Mardi Gras — from food and merchandise to entertainment. Let’s check it out!


There’s a large array of themed cuisine that you can grab throughout your time in the parks. We were invited to a special media event where we got to try lots of the most popular offerings — let’s do a brief review of them all!

For our drink, we grabbed the Pina Colada!


We also got to try some of the most popular eats at the event, which are:

  • Thailand Chicken Skewers
Thailand Chicken Skewers
  • QuesaBirria
  • Pasteleon
  • Beignets
  • King Cake
King Cake
  • Obleta

We also had the special chance to make some Beignets before we headed out on our next adventure!

Making Beignets!

We also got a recipe card to take home to make them in our kitchen.

Beignet Recipe Card

It’s time for a parade!

Click here to learn more about the FOOD at this year’s event!


It’s not Mardi Gras without a parade! We grabbed our spot for the parade, which happens on select nights and is something you do NOT want to miss!

Mardi Gras Parade!

This parade is filled with incredible, MASSIVE floats, as well as amazing performers that make it that much more magical.

If you’re in Universal during Mardi Gras and the parade is happening during your trip, we highly recommend checking it out!

But that’s not all!


Yep, there’s even live music on select nights! You can check out live performances by multiple different artists throughout the course of the event.

Concert List

And there’s MORE!


If you’re hoping to commemorate your time at Mardi Gras with some pics, you can check out the Mardi Gras Tribute Store for all the Mardi Gras merchandise you could ask for! One of our favorites is the adorable Popcorn Bucket.

And there you have it! What do you think? Will you be headed to Mardi Gras in person? We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more Universal news, so make sure to follow along so that you never miss a thing.

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What do you think of this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration? Let us know in the comments! 

Disclosure: We were invited by Universal Orlando to attend their Mardi Gras Celebration. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

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