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Mardi Gras 2025 at Universal Orlando – Complete Insider’s Guide

Welcome, party people, to the biggest bash on this side of the bayou! You’ve just found the world’s most popular insider’s guide to the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in Orlando.

Every spring, the fun and excitement of the Big Easy makes its way to Universal Orlando Resort for an authentic celebration that completely transforms Universal Studios Florida into a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans street party.

To learn everything there is to know about Mardi Gras 2025, we strongly recommend that you read this guide from top to bottom.

While we wait for details regarding Mardi Gras 2025 at Universal Orlando Resort, learn more about 2024’s celebration below.

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida will be held on select nights starting February 3, with festivities concluding on April 7, 2024. The event is included with your theme park ticket or annual pass (though passholder blockout dates apply).

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Mardi Gras 2025

Mardi Gras 2025 Overview and Explanation

Mardi Gras 2021 performer at Universal Studios Florida
A performer at Mardi Gras 2021

While we wait for details regarding Mardi Gras 2025 at Universal Orlando Resort, learn more about 2024’s celebration below.

The annual event runs daily from Saturday, February 3 through Sunday, April 7. All of the crowd-favorite components of Mardi Gras will return: the colorfully costumed performers and authentic New Orleans bands, the Mardi Gras parade, and even the weekly headliner concerts.

To double down on an element that has, in recent years, clearly come to be one of the most beloved at Universal’s festivities – the company has greatly expanded its lineup of delicious Cajun cuisine, broadening it to include carnavals from all over the world and locations all over Universal Studios Florida (instead of having it be mostly confined to the French Quarter Courtyard in the New York backlot).

What about admission?

Here’s the best part about the Big Easy party – it’s completely free! As long as you have a ticket to get through the theme-park turnstiles on a Mardi Gras event date, you have access to everything, from the music to the food.

What about the weather?

Concerned about the weather the night you plan on getting some beads? Check out our Orlando weather page to learn more and be fully prepared for your visit.

Mardi Gras 2025 Concerts

While we wait for the Mardi Gras 2025 concert lineup at Universal Orlando Resort, learn more about 2024’s performances below.

Music constitutes such a big part of New Orleans’s Mardi Gras traditions, and it’s no different at Universal Orlando. At Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida, guests can attend concerts on select nights during the Mardi Gras season. These concerts are included with park admission and begin at 8:30 PM.

Here are the headliners for Mardi Gras 2024:

3 – Walker Hayes
10 – The All-American Rejects
17 – Nessa Barrett
18 – KC and the Sunshine Band
24 – Barenaked Ladies

2 – DJ Khaled
9 – Ava Max
10 – Queen Latifah
16 – Luis Fonsi
17 – Zedd

No announcements have yet been made for concerts in April.

Mardi Gras 2025 Parade

Parade float at Mardi Gras 2021
Parade float stationed in the park at Mardi Gras 2021

While we wait for details regarding the Mardi Gras 2025 parade at Universal Orlando Resort, learn more about 2024’s celebration below.

The parade will feature music, lights, and – of – course – beads being thrown from six brand-new and six returning authentic floats drafted and created in New Orleans, the heart of Mardi Gras.

The theme for this year’s Mardi Gras parade? The elements have inspired six all-new floats. The theme will heavily incorporate wind, fire, and more with Bourbon Street flair in the popular Mardi Gras parade that uses floats designed and made in New Orleans. Entertainers, performers, and music make this a spectacle that can’t be missed. The parade will take place on select dates throughout the Mardi Gras season.

Parade starts at 5:15 on the following dates:

  • February 5
  • February 7
  • February 12
  • February 27

Parade starts at 6:15 pm on the following dates:

  • February 4
  • February 6
  • February 8 – 9
  • February 11
  • February 13 – 16
  • February 21 – 23
  • February 25 – 26
  • February 28 – March 1
  • March 3 – 8

Parade starts at 7:30 pm on the following dates:

  • February 19 – 20
  • March 11 – 15
  • March 18 – April 7

Parade starts at 7:45 pm on the following dates:

  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 17 – 18
  • February 24
  • March 2
  • March 9 – 10
  • March 16 – 17

Registration to be a float rider in the parades:

A special perk for annual passholders is the option to be a float rider. This exclusive experience is between 2-3 hours in duration, and annual passholders get to throw beads and goad parade spectators from the best seats in the house. Additional details regarding registration will be available closer to the celebration.

New to this year’s festivities is the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience. Enjoy a three-course meal at one of four participating restaurants in Universal Studios Florida or Universal CityWalk while also having a reserved spot on board a parade float! This offering begins at $84.99.

Mardi Gras 2025 Food and Drinks

While we wait for the Mardi Gras 2025 menu at Universal Orlando Resort, learn more about 2024’s dishes below.

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras if you couldn’t eat, drink, and be merry.

The food lineup may be greatly expanded, but beignets are still at the heart of the experience

Universal’s annual event features an array of delicious “N’awlins-style food and spirits,” usually including over 50 dishes and drinks inspired by a variety of different carnaval countries or cities.

The good times don’t stop rolling at Universal Studios Florida when it comes to cajun cuisine. For the first time, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will be adding some Mardi Gras flavor to their menus. Select dishes will also be available throughout Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando Resort Hotels.

Pick up a Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card to aid you in the journey through the tastes of the world’s carnival celebrations.

Here’s the pricing for the Food & Beverage Card:

  • Pay $65 for a $75 Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card

Mardi Gras 2024 Food Booths

The Mardi Gras food scene has expanded so much in recent years, we’ve dedicated a whole page to the tasty endeavor! Check out that guide here for the delicious details. From Ube Ice Cream served in a Matcha Bubble Waffle to a savory Crawfish Boil, Mardi Gras has you covered.

Mardi Gras 2025 Tribute Store

Mardi Gras 2024 Tribute Store
Mardi Gras 2024 Tribute Store

While we wait for details regarding Mardi Gras 2025’s Tribute Store, learn more about 2024’s shop below.

Last year’s Universal’s Mardi Gras Celebration has paved the way for a new Tribute Store location. Previously located in New York, this beloved seasonal shop can be found in the star-studded Hollywood section of Universal Studios Florida. 

For those unfamiliar, the Tribute Store started off life as a part of Halloween Horror Nights 2015, instantly becoming a fan-favorite – and, therefore, perennial – part of the event (which is Universal’s biggest and the one that Mardi Gras seems to inch more closely towards with every passing year). This shop has grown in size and sophistication over the years and has also become something of a themed attraction unto itself. This emporium has even expanded to cover other celebrations, like the Holidays at Universal and Mardi Gras. 

Bon voyage! Step aboard the P.S. Songbird, a Mississippi River steamboat that met its demise a century ago. As passengers embark, they’re lured into believing they’re set for a tranquil voyage across the waters. Little do they know, the P.S. Songbird has been repurposed as a mysterious vessel, bridging the mortal world with the bayou’s ghostly domain.

Stepping off the gangway, guests are greeted into the pinnacle of luxury. Velvet red curtains drape elegantly, while the walls, adorned in the lavish style of Art Deco, radiate sophistication. Elegantly arranged, florals burst from ornate vases, creating an ambiance of refined sophistication.

The journey takes a turn in the second scene, where the P.S. Songbird’s ballroom, now a relic of time, is adorned with cobwebs, layers of dust, and chipped paint. The walls of this forlorn space seem to speak by revealing the secrets it hides through visual effects. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as the ghost of the ship’s captain might materialize before you, offering a glimpse into the realm beyond.

Guests are then transported to the heart of the bayou. Surrounded by a vibrant selection of Mardi Gras merchandise, the immersion is elevated through dynamic floor projections. Guests can witness raindrops peppering the water’s surface while lily pads drift lazily, and the occasional alligator meanders past, enhancing this illusion.

This is also the spot to find some delicious and themed treats for you to enjoy! Here’s what is on the menu:

  • Macaron – $3.75
  • Fudge – $5.50
  • Cookie Dough Ball – $6.00
  • Cookie – $6.50
  • S’More – $7.00
  • Whoopie Pie – $7.00
  • Dipped Bacon – $7.00
  • Frosted Brownie – $10.00
  • Cake Pop – $10.00
  • Mini Cake – $14.00

At the conclusion of the Tribute Store, the boundary between the mortal world and the ethereal hereafter narrows, merging the spirit realm with the tangible remnants of those who once walked among us. Above the displays of colorful Mardi Gras merchandise sits the skeletal presence of musicians, eternally captured in the moment of their last performance.

Between the haunting and intricate details of this year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store, you’ll find plenty of merchandise to aid you in celebrating carnival! Some of these can be found below!

Mardi Gras 2025 Merchandise

While we wait for details regarding Mardi Gras 2025 at Universal Orlando Resort, learn more about 2024’s celebration below.

While beads are the traditional Mardi Gras garb, Universal has a plethora of options to join in the celebration, from apparel to drinkware. Here is what you can find at the Universal Studios Store in Universal Studios Florida and CityWalk, as well as All Hallows Eve Boutique:

Mardi Gras Tee – $30.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $30.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $40.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $40.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $33.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $33.00
Mardi Gras Tie Dye Tee – $37.00
Mardi Gras Tie Dye Tee – $37.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $30.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $30.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $30.00
Mardi Gras Tee – $30.00
Mardi Gras Long Sleeved Top – $70
Mardi Gras Long Sleeved Top – $70.00
Mardi Gras Flannel – $75
Mardi Gras Flannel – $75.00
Gator Plush – $25.00
Gator Plush – $25.00
Mardi Gras Tote – $30.00
Mardi Gras Tote – $30.00
Mardi Gras Belt Bag – $30.00
Mardi Gras Belt Bag – $30.00
Mardi Gras Backpack – $55.00
Mardi Gras Backpack – $55.00
Mardi Gras Beer Can Glass – $15.00
Mardi Gras Beer Can Glass – $15.00
Coke Freestyle Tumbler – $29.00 (with Coke Freestyle Drink All Day)
Coke Freestyle Tumbler – $29.00 (with Coke Freestyle Drink All Day)
Drink Carrier – $16.00
Drink Carrier – $16.00
Mardi Gras Hat – $30.00
Mardi Gras Hat – $30.00

Mardi Gras 2025 Krewe Crawl

While we await details regarding this year’s Krewe Crawl, please enjoy information from 2022’s search.

Krewe Crawl Mardi Gras 2022

It turns out the Tribute Store isn’t the only annual-event item that’s being deployed year-round now.

After starting with the Holiday Tree Hunt in 2019 and then proceeding to the Scarecrow Stalk in ’20, Universal’s scavenger hunt arrived at Mardi Gras 2021. “Gather your krewe,” the brochure read, “and take a walking tour around Universal Studios Florida to experience the rich history of Mardi Gras.” Sure enough, there was a bit of actual historical info to be had at some, at least, of the 12 different locations, along with some rather interesting designs, to boot. The tradition has continued for Mardi Gras 2022, so assemble your crew for the Krewe Crawl.

The concept is simple: go to the Universal Studios Store near Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and ask a team member for a Krewe Crawl pamphlet. You’ll have to pay $10 for the paperwork, but then you can start your hunt! Across Universal Studios, 12 stations can be found in gift shops and merchandise venues. This year, the theme is Mardi Gras masks. Your task? To seek out the masks and collect stamps for your pamphlet. After you’ve found all 12 stations, find a team member in the Hello Kitty Store (Hollywood) to redeem your prize, which (fittingly) this year is a Mardi Gras mask.

Here are all 12 of the stops on the 2022 Krewe Crawl scavenger trail:

  • Custom Gear (San Francisco)
  • Fallon Gift Shop (New York)
  • Universal Studios Store (Production Central)
  • Film Vault (New York)
  • Five & Dime (Hollywood)
  • Hello Kitty Store (Hollywood)
  • MIB Gear (World Expo)
  • Rosie’s Irish Shop (New York)
  • San Francisco Candy Factory (San Francisco)
  • Spongebob Storepants (Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone)
  • Transformers Gift Shop (New York)
  • Monsters Tribute Store (New York)

Mardi Gras 2025 – FAQ

Let the good times roll with these answers to your questions about Universal Studios Florida’s Mardi Gras bash.

Is Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida appropriate for young kids?

The wild and colorful performers at Mardi Gras 2022

In a word, yes. Everything is totally kid-friendly, and we definitely recommend bringing along everyone in the family. Many Mardi Gras “characters” walk the streets, handing out beads and posing for photos. Mixed with the New Orleans party music filling the air, it’s a very festive atmosphere.

I need beads, beads, and more beads, please

Mardi Gras 2023 Beads
Mardi Gras 2023 Beads

Beads are the central icon of Mardi Gras, and don’t you worry – you’ll be able to collect them ’til your little heart’s content. And, even better, the vast majority of these quintessential items are absolutely free to you.

How do you collect beads? The usual way – by cheering and raising your hands at the parades.

And in case the standard-issue beads just aren’t to your liking, Universal also sells specialty ones (for $6.00+) at the main Universal Studios Florida gift shop, the Mardi Gras Tribute Store, and at two merchandise stands: one across from Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and the other across from Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

Are there any benefits for annual passholders?

Mardi Gras 2022

Passholders can save 15% on the previously mentioned Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience. Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal and participate in this exciting parade!

(Need some more info or explanations on what all these various levels of Universal Orlando’s annual passes are? No problem – check out our complete guide to annual passes.)

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