Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2020 Kicks Off Feb 1 With Parades, Live Concerts, and More .. @UniversalOrlando #MardiGras

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Universal Orlando will kick off Mardi Gras 2020 on February 1, and it will run daily through April 2 with authentic Cajun-style cuisine, an incredible nightly parade, and live concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

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Inspired by the all-new Treasures of the Deep theme, the nightly Mardi Gras parade runs throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida featuring intricately detailed floats, dancers and stilt performers, and countless beads.

This year, the parade will debut six new floats inspired by mystical creatures of the deep, the sunken city of Atlantis and more. And, fan-favorite floats, including the Riverboat and King Gator, will return with all-new décor celebrating 25 years of party.

Passholders have the opportunity to ride Mardi Gras floats as part of their exclusive Passholder benefits.

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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras - Enjoy Cajun food like King Cake.


New to this year’s event, guests can enjoy all-new food and beverage offerings at the Carnival Around the Universe tasting tent that will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event.

Plus returning to this year’s event are fan-favorite foodie add-on experiences, including the Bayou Boil, bringing guests an authentic New Orleans crawfish boil experience, as well as the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard which gives guests the chance to try a variety of classic New Orleans dishes throughout their visit, including gumbo, jambalaya, po boys and more.

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Universal Orlando Mardi Gras - Musical Headliners 2020


For 16 select nights during the event, guests can even enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music. Here is the Music Plaza Stage schedule:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1 – The Roots
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 – Karol G
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 – +Live+
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, Feb. 29 – TLC
  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – REO Speedwagon
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – Dustin Lynch
  • Friday, Mar. 13 – Luis Fonsi
  • Saturday, Mar. 14 – The All-American Rejects
  • Sunday, Mar. 15 – Diana Ross
  • Friday, Mar. 20 – Chris Young
  • Saturday, Mar. 21 – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Sunday, Mar. 22 – Marshmello
  • Saturday, Mar. 28 – Why Don’t We
  • Sunday, Mar. 29 – Gavin DeGraw

There will also be New Orleans bands performing daily in the French Quarter Courtyard. Here is that schedule:

  • Feb. 1 – Feb. 13: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • Feb. 14 – March 5: Free Agents Brass Band
  • March 6 – March 21: New Breed Brass Band
  • March 22 – April 2: Naughty Professor Brass Band

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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with a Seasonal or Annual Pass (blockout dates apply).

Florida residents can experience this year’s Mardi Gras celebration and the spring season by saving up to $65 on multi-day tickets. They can also save up to $75 on Seasonal and Annual Passes.

For more information on Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, visit universalorlando.com.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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