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Mardi Gras 2021 gets extended by two weeks!


UPDATE (04.05.21, 11:07 am): just six days before the new expiration date arrived, Universal extended its Mardi Gras party yet again! Now, the festivities are due to wrap up on Sunday, May 2 – a pretty impressive five weeks after the originally announced finale.

The original article follows:

When this year’s Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort was first announced, there were several COVID-19-related modifications that were put front and center: the cutting of concerts, the transmogrification of the parade into stationary floats all over the theme park, the expansion of food and beverage kiosks to include a variety of countries and new locations. But, perhaps, there was one additional item that didn’t get quite as much attention as all the others – the annual event was shortened slightly, ending on Sunday, March 28 as opposed to a date early in April (we’ll call it the difference of about a week).

Well, today, Universal rectified that situation, revealing that Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval will get an extension until well past that usual timeframe, going until Sunday, April 11.

Such a move can only come from a position of success – guests must be enjoying all those new dishes, and the newly expanded Tribute Store (it’s the best one of them all yet!), and the new culinary offerings in both CityWalk and the hotels. That they’ll be enjoying them even longer now is a testament to Universal’s ability to balance the safety needs of the moment with the perennial entertainment and theming desires of the populace.

It also is yet another indicator, in a month that’s already been filled with them, of the company and tourists both starting to look ahead to after the pandemic has mostly subsided; in addition to the longest-ever Mardi Gras, Universal has also revealed that work is starting up again on its newest theme park and, in addition, reconfirmed that its most popular event, Halloween Horror Nights, will, indeed, be happening this fall (which, again, will feature its own biggest-ever run).

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2021 will now last from February 6 to April 11.

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