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Our Jubilant Guide to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024: International Flavors of Carnaval

by Mommy Frog on February 29, 2024 39 Orlando

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Every spring, Florida's biggest party comes alive during Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval. Universal Orlando Resort plays host to the hoppin' New Orleans celebration, complete with Cajun and international flavors, toadally amazing concerts and entertainment — including a float-filled, electrifying parade — that would make the Big Easy proud. This year, the party is running now until April 7, 2024!

Universal Mardi Gras - Sign

Between gorgeous weather, all-star music, killer food and festive floats ... what more could you ask for? French Quarter Courtyard is chock-full of dancers, jazz bands and delicious food. All of the extra fun is included with regular Universal Orlando park admission!

This fun, action-packed event takes place daily during our personal favorite season in Orlando, so you really can't miss it. Take a peek at our ribbeting guide for Mardi Gras, including tips to make the most of your visit. Let the good times roll, frog friends!

Universal Mardi Gras Parade 2024

This year's parade is bringing the elements to life with six new, beautifully designed floats inspired by Earth, wind, fire, water, the sun and the moon. These terrestrial and celestial additions will join Universal's traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats, such as the iconic, two-story Riverboat and nearly 50-foot-long King Gator, and dozens of performers in festive costumes as they wind through the streets of Universal Studios Florida and throw out beads by the handful.

It's important to strategically plot your parade spot. Below is a list of what times the parade will hoppen this year (subject to change — so be sure to double-check on the day of your visit).

Parade starts at 5:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Feb. 5, 7, 12, 27

Parade starts at 6:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Feb. 4, 6, 8-9, 11, 13-16, 21-23, 25-26, 28-29
  • March 1, 3-8

Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Feb. 19-20
  • March 11-15, 18-31
  • April 1-7

Parade starts at 7:45 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Feb. 3, 10, 17-18, 24
  • March 2, 9-10, 16-17

Later showings are when you really have to plan ahead!

Universal Mardi Gras - King Gator

If you want to attend the concert at 8:30 p.m., we recommend getting a spot right along the edge of the street in front of Music Plaza Stage for a quick turnaround to snag a concert spot. Try snagging a spot across the street from Illumination's Minion Cafe about an hour and 30 minutes before the parade starts. You'll be right at the front of that section when the ropes go up. As soon as the parade ends, you'll be able to make your way to the concert viewing area quickly and even snake your way to the front for a frogtastic view!

There's also a special viewing area near the Brown Derby Hat Shop in Hollywood for tadpoles under 10 and an accompanying grow-up, which was where Leap and Lily like to camp out. These are great locations, but don't bank on them unless you arrive early ... they typically fill up quickly!

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To land a solid parade spot anywhere, try lining up about 30 minutes ahead of time. On weekends, crowds are heavier, so arrive 45 minutes early ... and if you have a larger group or want front-row seating, find your spot at least 60 minutes ahead of the parade start. Front-row seating (or standing) gives you and your tadpoles a better shot at catching beads — especially since some viewing areas end up being pretty far from the floats and are, therefore, harder for riders to throw to. This is half the fun for us, so we'd highly recommend looking for a spot the earlier, the better!

Universal Mardi Gras - Sun Moon Float

Did you know you can also reserve a spot on a float?! Depending on availability, a limited number of Mardi Gras float spots may be available day-of for theme park guests to reserve. However, there is no guarantee that these spots will be available. While you can start checking around 3 p.m., Virtual Line Passes will usually become available on a first-come, first-served basis via the Universal Orlando app roughly an hour to two hours before the parade starts. If available, tap Reserve Virtual Experience Pass and select the number of frogs in your party. Choose the available time you'd like to return to ride your float and you're all set! (Use your speedy fingers because spots are extremely limited, and they can fill up as quickly as they appear!)

The entire Float Riding experience lasts two to three hours, so you may miss the beginning of the concert, but if seeing the show isn't a priority for you, we can't recommend this experience enough. All riders must be at least 48 inches tall with a parent/adult guardian over 18 to sign a waiver. Floats are assigned upon availability. Get your throwing arm ready!

An epic add-on has returned this year that we're toadally jazzed about. On select dates from Feb. 3 to Apr. 7, frogs can enjoy a three-course meal at either Finnegan's Bar & Grill, Lombard's Seafood Grille, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar or NBC Sports Grill & Brew and get a reserved spot on a parade float! This bundle is the best way to guarantee your place in the parade and starts at $84.99 per frog. Separate theme park admission is required for the same date of booking and your purchase must be made 24 hours prior to the event date.

Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Concert Lineup

Universal Mardi Gras - Walker Hayes Concert

Universal Mardi Gras always has a super impressive lineup of performers from all different music genres for its concert series. On select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the celebration, Music Plaza Stage hosts some of radio's finest bands and artists. Performances usually begin at 8:30 p.m. and end around 10 p.m. (after official park closing time) on each concert night.

Universal Mardi Gras - Concert Lineup

Concert crowds will vary depending on the popularity of the artist and day of the week. For instance, Lily is excited for Ava Max and Tad can't wait for DJ Khaled, but "the old frogs" like me and Leap were hoppin' for KC and The Sunshine Band and Queen Latifah. Saturdays generally bring in larger crowds than Sundays. If you don't mind missing the parade, we recommend landing your concert viewing spot about an hour ahead of time for a spot on the grass.

Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Food and Drinks at Universal Studios Florida

New Orleans is known for its hoppin' delicacies, and the Cajun offerings at Universal Mardi Gras are no different. This year, bold flavors will ignite our taste buds with an array of delicious culinary delicacies inspired by various Carnaval celebrations around the globe. Food booths open at 11:30 a.m. and operate until 30 minutes before the park closes. Check out our favorite food and drink items of Universal Mardi Gras 2023!

Universal Mardi Gras - Food Beverage Card

Use the official Universal Orlando app to locate the exact food booth locations on a map and study the menus.

Returning this year is the specialty "Mardi Gras Food and Beverage" gift card which is available for purchase at various locations throughout the park during the event. Pay $65 for a $75 card and lanyard (or, if you're an annual passholder, $120 for a $150 card and lanyard) — good for over 50 Mardi Gras tasting menu items! Give the gift of "good times" to a friend or use it for yourself and minimize the time you'd spend fishing for your wallet. The cards don't expire, so you can use your remaining balance for next year's event, as well!

Take a look at the menus for 2024:



  • Food Menu:
    • Sweet & Savory Gouda & Onion Waffle: Warm crystalized waffle, smoked gouda, beer braised onions, Black Forest ham
    • Cookie Butter Liege Waffle: Warm crystalized waffle topped with cookie butter, whipped topping, Biscoff cookies (vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Hoegaarden
    • Delirium Red


  • Food Menu:
    • Shrimp Moqueca: Shrimp and coconut cream stew, micro cilantro, white rice (gluten-sensitive; contains shellfish; contains tree nuts)
    • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian cheese bread (gluten-sensitive; vegetarian)
    • Brigadeiros: A Brazilian classic, chocolate with condensed milk and Mardi Gras sprinkles (gluten-sensitive; vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Mango Caipirinha: Piras 51 Cachaça, Bols orange curaçao, lime juice, simple syrup, mango juice, mango purée, fresh mint, lime wedge


  • Food Menu:
    • Canadian Bacon & Onion Poutine: Candied bacon spiced curly fries with caramelized onion gravy, cheese curds, spiced maple bacon and parsley
    • Vegan Wild Mushroom Poutine: Seasoned curly fries with vegan cheddar, mushroom gravy, truffle oil
  • Drink Menu:
    • Fire Cider: Fireball cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, cinnamon stick
    • LaBlatt Blue Light
    • La Fin Du Monde Draft


  • Food Menu:
    • Szechuan Noodle Salad: Spicy cold noodle salad with cucumbers, peanuts, cilantro, scallions (contains peanuts; vegan)
    • Spicy Smashed Cucumber: Spicy marinated cucumbers with peanuts, cilantro, scallions (contains peanuts; vegan)
    • Potstickers: Pork potstickers served with a black vinegar and chili oil dipping sauce
  • Drink Menu:
    • Lucky Buddha Beer
    • Hong Kong Boba Tea: Hong Kong-style oolong milk tea over ice with coffee boba and salted cheese foam


  • Food Menu:
    • Colombian Burger: Grilled burger with Monterey Jack cheese, pineapple cabbage slaw, cilantro garlic sauce, potato sticks
    • Arepa de Choclo: Traditional sweet corn cake filled with cheese and griddle with honey butter (vegetarian)
    • Oblea: Crispy wafer with dulce de leche, strawberries (vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Aguardiente Punch: Cumbe Aguardiente, lime juice, simple syrup, blackberry concentrate, berry gummies


  • Food Menu:
    • Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée Crepe: Banana caramel, vanilla cream, fresh bananas, whipped topping, brûléed sugar (vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Grand Framboise Slush: A decadent mélande of Grey Goose vodka, Gabriel Boudier Créme de Framboise, raspberry purée, white chocolate syrup
    • Charles De Fére Cuvee
    • Patient Sauvignon Blanc
    • Feudo Maccari Grillo
    • Domaine de pavillon Chavannes Côte De Brouilly


Universal Mardi Gras - Germany Food

  • Food Menu:
    • Chicken Schnitzel: Fried crispy chicken thigh cutlet served with mustard and a lemon wedge
    • Currywurst: Crispy skin German bratwurst sliced and topped with a spicy curry ketchup (gluten-sensitive)
    • Käsespätzle: Cheese spätzle topped with crispy onions
    • Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzda: Warm pretzel with Bavarian beer cheese dip (vegetarian)
    • Mutzen: Fried lemon-vanilla fritters dusted with powdered sugar
  • Drink Menu:
    • Beer Flight: Flight with Warsteiner Pilsner, Weihensthaner Here Weissbier, Ayinger Celebrator
    • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Radler
    • Warsteiner Pilsener
    • Ayinger Celebrator
    • Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
    • Schladerer Himbeergeist Brandy
    • Jägermeister


  • Food Menu:
    • Roman Supple: Mozzarella and provolone filled risotto with vodka sauced, roasted red pepper aioli
    • Zabaglione with Berries: Frangelico anglaise with mixed berries topped with toasted hazelnuts (contains alcohol; gluten-sensitive; contains tree nuts; vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Aperol Spritz Sorbet: Aperol aperitif with blood orange sorbet
    • Bollini Pinot Grigio
    • Querceto Chianti
    • Bertani Valpolicella


Universal Mardi Gras - Quesabirria

  • Food Menu:
    • Chilaquiles Verdes: Tortillas topped with chile braised shredded chicken, salsa verde, cilantro onion mix with lime cream and cotija cheese (gluten-sensitive)
    • Quesabirria: Birria beef in a corn tortilla with Monterey Jack, Oaxaca cheese, served with barrio broth
    • Churro Loops & Chocolate: Cinnamon sugar churro loops with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce (vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Classic Margarita: el Jimador blanco tequila, lime juice, Dekuyper triple sec, agave nectar, smoked sea salt
    • Gran Añejo Margarita: Jose Cuervo Añejo tequila, DeKuyper Triple Sec, lime juice, agave, smoked sea salt
    • Jose Cuervo Añejo Tequila
    • Modelo
    • Modelo Chelada Lime
    • Modelo Chelada Pineapple
    • Agua Frescas: Mango, Strawberry, Jamaica Hibiscus

New Orleans

  • Food Menu:
    • Beignets: Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar (vegetarian)
    • King Cake Mini: Traditional cake with cinnamon swirl icing, Mardi Gras sprinkles and a Mardi Gras baby (vegetarian)
    • Crawfish Étouffée: Creamy crawfish and vegetable stew over white rice (contains shellfish)
    • Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya: Mixed rice with andouille, blackened chicken, peppers and tomatoes
    • Fried Green Tomato Po'Boy: Flash fried green tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles and Cajun remoulade served with Cajun kettle chips (vegan)
    • Shrimp Gumbo: Stew of trinity, shrimp, andouille and bacon over white rice (contains shellfish)
    • Shrimp & Crawfish Boil: Mixed bag with crawfish, shrimp, andouille, potatoes and corn on the cobb (gluten-sensitive; contains shellfish)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Category 5 Punch: Cruzan dark rum, Myers dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, passion fruit puree, grenadine
    • Espresso Martini: Brewed coffee, JF Haden Espresso liqueur, New Amsterdam vodka, black sugar syrup
    • Chicory coffee 16oz: Chicory coffee, toasted marshmallow syrup, with toasted marshmallow cold foam


Universal Mardi Gras - Philippines Food

  • Food Menu:
    • Pancit Bihon: Rice noodles, sautéed vegetables, pulled chicken, garlic, soy sauce
    • Crispy Lumpia: Pork-filled crispy rice paper roll with dipping sauce
    • Pandan Cheesecake: Pandan cheesecake with whipped topping, shaved toasted coconut (contains tree nuts)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Buko Juice: Coconut water, coconut cream, pandan extract, smoked sea salt. Served in a souvenir coconut cup (contains tree nuts)
    • San Miguel: European-style pale lager bottled

Puerto Rico

  • Food Menu:
    • Pastelón: A layered casserole of sweet plantain and picadillo beef topped with Edam cheese (gluten-sensitive)
    • Bacalaitos: Crispy salt cod fritters with bell peppers, cilantro and onions served with mayo ketchup
      Pastelitos de Guayaba: Guava-filled puff pastry with powdered sugar (vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Piña Colada: Ron del Barrilito Santa Ana Overproof rum, lime juice, coco cream, pineapple juice, smoked sea salt
    • Fanta Piña Colada


  • Food Menu:
    • Ensalada de Pulpo: Traditional Spanish salad with octopus, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, paprika, sherry vinegar (gluten-sensitive; contains shellfish)
    • Papitas Bravas: Seasoned crispy potatoes, paprika aioli (gluten-sensitive; vegan)
    • Crème Catalina: Brûléed citrus milk custard with candied orange peels (gluten-sensitive; vegetarian)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Sangria Flight: Flight of Sangria Tinto, Sangria Blanco, Sangria Rosado
    • Sangria Tinto: Red sangria with Honorojo, Torres 10 brandy, Ferrand dry curaçao, lemon juice, orange juice, blackberry extract, simple syrup
    • Sangria Rosado: Rosé sangria with Honoro Rosé, New Amsterdam gin, strawberry purée, a pinch of smoked sea salt
    • Sangria Blanco: White sangria with Honoro Vera Rueda, Bacardi rum, pineapple and lemon juices, simple syrup, lemon bitters, a pinch of smoked sea salt


Universal Mardi Gras - Chicken Satay

  • Food Menu:
    • Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp: Sautéed shrimp salad of shredded green papaya, carrots, Thai basil, peanuts, tossed in a spicy Thai dressing (contains peanuts; gluten-sensitive; contains shellfish)
    • Green Curry with Chicken: Spicy green curry chicken with shiitake mushrooms, eggplant, snap peas, red bell pepper jasmine rice (gluten-sensitive; contains shellfish; contains tree nuts)
    • Chicken Satay: Marinated grilled chicken skewer with Thai cucumber, topped with peanut sauce (contains peanuts; contains tree nuts)
  • Drink Menu:
    • Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea: New Amsterdam gin, Butterly tea matcha, passion fruit syrup, mint syrup, simple syrup, lime juice in a pipette

Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Food and Drinks at CityWalk and the Resorts

Universal Mardi Gras - Cursed Coconut Club

This year, the Red Coconut Club in CityWalk is serving up Mardi Gras-themed cocktails as the "Cursed Coconut Club" for Carnaval season! On select nights throughout the event season, frogs can explore the mysteries of the club's highly-themed, graveyard-inspired atmosphere and enjoy incredible entertainment, exclusive drink offerings and more. Check the official Universal Orlando Resort app for dates and hours of operation.

That's not all, though! Frogs can keep the good times rolling at The After Party and Fat Tuesday at Pat O'Brien's.

Whether you're staying at a resort as a guest or just stopping in for a delicious meal, you'll also find a variety of menu items specially themed for the celebration at every resort on property! Here are the resort food and drink offerings for 2024.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

The Thirsty Fish

  • Boulevardier: Maker's Mark Bourbon, Campri, sweet vermouth

Splendido Bar & Grill

  • Mojito Lampone (Italian for "raspberry") - Tito's Handmade Vodka, Chambord, simple Syrup, raspberry, mint

Hard Rock Hotel

The Kitchen

  • Bourbon Crème Brûlée: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Sugar in the Raw Brûléed, fresh berries
  • French 75: Hendrick's Gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, champagne

Velvet Bar

  • Blackened Mahi Po' Boy: Blackened mahi-mahi, lettuce, tomato, onion, Cajun remoulade, toasted French bread
  • French 75: Hendrick's Gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, champagne


  • Hurricane: Papa's Pilar Rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, grenadine, pineapple and orange juice

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Islands Dining Room

  • Crawfish & Andouille Sausage Egg Roll: Served with creole aioli

Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar

  • Orchid: Nikka Coffey Gin, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Creme de Violette Violet Liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, pea flower float

Tuk Tuk Market

  • Chocolate Bomb: chocolate and caramel with spiced pecan with Mardi Gras purple, green and gold decor, s’mores or cookies & cream

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Amatista Cookhouse

  • Mardi Gras Empanada: Chicken, andouille sausage and Cajun aioli

Strong Water Tavern

  • Cucumber Hurricane Twist: Light rum, lime juice, Midori Melon Liqueur, sliced cucumber

New Dutch Trading Co

  • Traditional King Cake

Universal's Aventura Hotel

Bar 17 Bistro

  • Bayou Shrimp & Grits: Blend of cheddar, parmesan and brie cheese grits, topped with Cajun shrimp seasoned with our house blend of spices and creole-seasoned butter
  • Hurricane: Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers's Original Dark Rum, passion fruit, tropical juices
  • Sazerac: Rye whiskey, absinthe, simple syrup, Peychaud's Bitters


  • Hurricane: Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers’s Original Dark Rum, passion fruit, tropical juices
  • Sazerac: Rye whiskey, absinthe, simple syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Galaxy Bowl Restaurant

  • The Handsome Cajun: Crispy chicken breast sandwich with grilled andouille sausage, topped with Cajun aioli. Served with Louisiana spice-dusted potato wedges
  • Laissez les bons temps Roulér Hurricane: Let the good times roll. Bacardi Light Rum, Wicked Dolphin Black Rum, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, orange juice, lemon juice, and grenadine. Served in a light-up souvenir Galaxy Bowl tumbler with straw

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites

Beach Break Cafe

  • New Orleans Jambalaya: A classic creole dish. Sautéed shrimp and chicken, onions, peppers, Cajun spiced rice with andouille sausage

Sand Bar

  • Voodoo Doll: Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, blue curaçao, melon liqueur and lemonade, garnished with gummy voodoo doll candy

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

Dockside Pier 8 Market

  • New Orleans Cajun Roasted Chicken & Dirty Rice: A classic creole dish. Cajun spiced oven-roasted half chicken on a bed of flavorful Creole rice with andouille sausage topped with spicy sweet candied bacon

Sunset Lounge, The Oasis Beach Bar & The Wave Maker's Pool Bar

  • Voodoo Doll: Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, blue curaçao, melon liqueur and lemonade, garnished with gummy voodoo doll candy

Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Atmosphere + Experiences

Universal Mardi Gras - Elements Stilt Walker

Starting at 3 p.m., the streets erupt with a party atmosphere you'd be hard-pressed to find outside the Crescent City. We love dancing along to The Beads & Brass Band and grabbing photos with Mardi Gras royalty and the ethereal elemental creatures, critters and characters! Throughout the day, you'll spot classic Universal characters roaming around the park in their Big Easy best, such as Mystery, Inc. (aka the Scooby Gang), the undisputed King of Mardi Gras (and Madagascar), King Julien and even the Ghost with the Most, Beetlejuice.

Universal Mardi Gras - Tribute Store

The incredibly themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store, back in the Hollywood area of the park, has returned. This year, you're invited aboard the P.S. Songbird riverboat. The "Peacock of the Mississippi" — as it was called in its heyday — this once grand and glorious paddle steamer has rotted away in the alligator-infested bayou and become a watercraft haunted by the echoes of the past. This Tribute Store is truly one of our favorites to date! Everywhere you turn, there's a mind-blowing special effect or epic animatronic. Not only can you get fancy beads, masks, event merchandise and tasty treats inspired by this year's event here, but it's also always the perfect place for some glorious photo-ops. (Be sure to look down at the floor when you enter the bayou where the treats are and up at the ceiling inside the stormy tableau when you enter the final room past the cash registers!)

Universal Mardi Gras - PS Songbird

Ever wondered what it's like for scare actors to transform into terrifying monsters? Well, Universal has debuted a new offering that's running throughout the entirety of Mardi Gras season where you can get your own movie star moment! Over at the Five & Dime store on the streets of Hollywood in Universal Studios, you'll find the Monster Makeover experience. Sit back, relax and let one of Universal Orlando's highly talented and experienced professional make-up artists (who work on events such as Halloween Horror Nights and Grinchmas) work their magic. There are 38 spooktacular designs to choose from and range from $65 for a half-face design (which takes about 25 minutes) to $125 for a full-face design (which takes about 45 minutes). The best part? Because they use airbrush paint instead of normal face paint, your makeover will last all day through the Florida heat and humidity!

Universal Mardi Gras - Monster Makeover

Universal Mardi Gras is the closest thing you can get to N'awlins ... without having to worry about your tadpoles seeing or hearing anything they shouldn't. The festive floats, atmospheric decor and delicious cuisine really give your little ones a taste of the Big Easy, which is a fun exploration of a different celebration they might not be familiar with. Allow your kiddos to try new foods, interact with performers and catch all the beads they can! (Fun fact: The floats in the Universal Mardi Gras parade are designed by Kern Studios, which has created authentic floats in New Orleans for over 60 years!)

Universal Mardi Gras - Voodoo Man

Are you ready to put your dancing shoes on and visit Orlando's version of the Big Easy? You're sure to have a blast! Let us know if you have any questions about Universal Mardi Gras in the comments below. 

Related: Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Feb 23, 2023 at 1:37 a.m. Michele Says...

Does Universal Hollywood do Mardi gras?

Feb 22, 2023 at 8:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Universal Studios Hollywood does not have a Mardi Gras event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 7, 2023 at 7:23 p.m. Gail Says...

Concerts always go till end of March what changed we're not going till end of March:(

Feb 7, 2023 at 4:41 p.m. Scott Says...

What is the concert schedule past March 5th. I am sorry if I missed it and thank you for your help.

Feb 7, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

No worries at all! You didn't miss anything :) That's a complete list of the concerts that Universal has confirmed. We don't anticipate any more concert announcements, as Universal usually doesn't add concerts to the lineup over time. However, if anything happens to change, we'll update our post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 10, 2022 at 10:31 a.m. Isabel Says...

I’m planning a trip for 2023, looking at Sunday-Wednesday, 1/29-2/1 or 2/5-2/8. We are more concerned about minimizing crowds and having a great first Universal experience (HP in particular) rather than prioritizing a special event. Mardi Gras sounds pretty great, though. If we come 2/5-2/8, will crowds be larger than typical February because of MG? Do the extra festivities take anything away from experiencing the park as it usually is? Or do they enhance the experience enough to make it the selling point for that week over the one before? Thanks!

Sep 13, 2022 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel!

We love Mardi Gras and think it only adds to the experience! Typically, yes, crowds will be heavier on the weekends/concert nights, but mid-week should be less crowded since February is still considered as part of an off-peak season.

Keep hopping!


Mar 16, 2022 at 10:03 p.m. Caroline Says...

Can you use the MG Food & Beverage card at Universal hotel restaurants and bars? Seems like a good deal to be able to use it anywhere and on anything not just the MG snacks! We’re staying on resort 18 days so could save us lots!

Mar 17, 2022 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline!

It looks like the Mardi Gras cards are only redeemable at food and beverage locations in Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk. The fine print does not mention the resorts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 5, 2022 at 8:59 p.m. Karen Skibba Says...

Do both theme parks have Mardi Gras activities? We are trying to decide if we should focus on just one of the parks since we have been to both but want to see all the fun Mardi Gras activities, including the parade and food. Does one park have more Mardi Gras activities than the other? Or does it not matter?

Mar 7, 2022 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Only Universal Studios Florida has Mardi Gras activities.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 22, 2022 at 3:21 p.m. Dani Says...

Can you buy a food and drink card with a universal gift card? (So you can the food card savings)

Feb 22, 2022 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani!

You can buy a Food & Drink Card with a Universal gift card, but the Food & Drink card cannot be used to purchase gift cards.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 14, 2022 at 2:22 p.m. April Says...

This info is incorrect. My family used this parade guide and we missed the parade by an hr. Your page says feb 13, 7:15. It was at 6:15. Pretty upsetting.

Feb 14, 2022 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

We're so sorry that you missed the parade. Universal had changed the parade times since we last updated. We've updated our guide now, and this isn't the first time Universal has switched times around, unfortunately, so we've added a note that parade times are subject to change, and we will continue to check for accurate parade times. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 13, 2022 at 9:24 p.m. Says...

Will there be any concerts and parades in April?

Feb 14, 2022 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi froggy friend!

There will be a Mardi Gras parade daily until April 24 (with the exceptions of April 1, 2 and 8 when there won't be a parade), but there are no concerts scheduled beyond March 27.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 24, 2024 at 10:45 a.m. Jen Says...

Is there something special on 4/1 and 4/2 and that’s why there is no parade? That’s when we’ll be there ????

Mar 25, 2024 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Not to worry — our previous response was an older comment. This year, the parade is taking place at 7:30 p.m. on April 1 and 2. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 10, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. Tracy Notarianni Says...


Thank you for all the great information. I was wondering if the light up Souvenir Cups are available everyday or just concert nights? Thanks

Feb 10, 2022 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

You are so welcome - thanks for hopping by! The cup is available throughout the event at the food booths - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 8, 2022 at 8:06 p.m. Bunch Says...

Will be at Universal from 4-10/4-17-22 I don't see any plans for Mardi Gra and it ends 4-24-22.

Is there anything?

Feb 8, 2022 at 4:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bunch!

Mardi Gras ends April 24, so the festivities (such as the parade, food booths and live music) will still be going on while you're there! The only thing that isn't hoppening in April are the concerts - the last one is scheduled March 27.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 5, 2022 at 8:39 p.m. Raya Says...

I was wondering..what is February 5th Mardi gras times? I saw when it starts..but not when it ends for the day?

Feb 7, 2022 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raya!

Sorry we couldn't answer in time, but if any others in the comments have the same question, Mardi Gras is an all-day event that takes place from Feb. 5 to April 24 (though the main festivities such as the parade and weekend concerts take place at night). The food kiosks are open from 11:30 a.m. to 30 minutes before park close.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 4, 2022 at 5:02 p.m. Andrea Says...

Where can I purchase Mardi Gras food cards? If I do purchase them can I save them and use them in August?

Feb 4, 2022 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

You'll be able to purchase the food and beverage cards from any of the Mardi Gras food kiosks during regular park hours from Feb. 5 - April 24. Activated cards do not expire, so you could use them in August (or even next year's event) if you have a remaining balance. It would be accepted at select food and beverage locations in Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, CityWalk and Volcano Bay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 2, 2022 at 11:01 a.m. Karen Cotton Says...

Hi - is Jason Derulo the last concert ? Are there none in April

Feb 2, 2022 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Yes, Jason Derulo on March 27 is the last concert scheduled. In the past, concerts have only fallen on February and March nights (though Mardi Gras had typically ended by the first week of April). Last year was the longest running Mardi Gras event (ending May 2) and this year's April 24 end date is still considered fairly long, compared to past years. But it seems that Universal is sticking to February and March concerts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 4, 2022 at 6:22 p.m. Karen Cotton Says...

What a shame, Ok thank you so much for the info. :) much appreciated.

Feb 4, 2022 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're toadally welcome, Karen! Thanks for hopping by :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 14, 2022 at 4:24 a.m. Stadia Builder Says...

I don'the see a parade time for February 12, the night of Diana Ross. Is that accurate? And how much extra are concert tickets in addition to park admission?

Jan 14, 2022 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stadia!

Good catch! It's been updated on Universal's website and our post now. There will be a parade at 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 12. Concerts are included with the price of admission!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 15, 2022 at 5:13 p.m. Stadia Builder Says...

Hi there Momma Frog,

Daddy Rabbit here. We are planning a visit with a family of five. We have lodging and rental car taken care of. These park tickets are bewildering, any suggestions on how to plan? We think maybe Disney two day pass to start the first weekend then Universal the rest of the week, but my son wants to see Legoland, my wife wants to see SeaWorld and encounter manatees, my daughter wants to go to the beach.

Jan 18, 2022 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daddy Rabbit!

Wow, it sounds like your family wants to do a bit of everything, which would be toadally fun! I have a couple of questions for you: How many days will your trip be? Do you have any priorities that everyone wants to do? Legoland, SeaWorld and a beach day could all be planned as one-day visits. And then depending on how much time you have left, you could split between Disney and Universal, giving more time to the higher priority parks. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 10, 2022 at 7:56 p.m. Scott Davis Says...

If you don't want to do the lanyard, do they sell the samples individually?

Jan 10, 2022 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Yes, Mardi Gras food and drink items can be purchased a la carte!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 7, 2021 at 8:22 a.m. Brenda Martin Says...

We are coming march 12 -17 22 cant wait

Dec 7, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

So frogciting! We hope you have a hoppin' good time, Brenda!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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