Mardi Gras for all the family at Universal Studios

Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday for an exact translation is celebrated on Tuesday 12th February this year. In the UK it is celebrated with the consumption of pancakes, but everywhere else it’s all about the parade.

It’s no different at Universal Studios; the Parade is the celebration and its fun for all the family. The bonus is that it doesn’t just take place on February 12th. If it sounds like fun to you, book your luxury Florida villa right now so that you aren’t disappointed.

What is the Parade?

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Mardi Gras float

It’s fun. It’s colourful and it’s moving! It’s a series of colourful floats which travel from the Hollywood area and end up at the New York area of Universal Studios. All sorts of scenes are depicted on the floats from a Riverboat to the Music of New Orleans to the Mexican Day of the Dead.

To add to the excitement float riders throw handfuls of beads into the crowd. Everyone wants these bead necklaces so you need to get a good place in the front! Not always as easy as it sounds.

There’s a special area where you can watch from if you have youngsters, the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area near to The Terminator 2® 3-D attraction. You can access this area about an hour before the Parade gets going.

When can I see the Parade?
Most Saturday nights from February 9th through until April 20th though some of the later ones still need to be confirmed. Sunday 17th February is also a definite and two Fridays March 15th and March 22nd are awaiting confirmation. Best to check on Universal’s website before you go or book for dates when you know it is on.

The Parade always starts at 7.45 p.m.

Is there anything else happening at Universal for Mardi Gras
There sure is! If there’s a Parade, there’s going to be music. Head to the Music Plaza Stage for live concerts on these nights. The seats are on a first come basis so you might need to get there early. Fans start taking their places in the afternoon and one thing you can be sure of is that the area will be full by the end of the Parade!

There are some well known headlining acts such as Kool and the Gang, Pat Benatar who is performing with Neil Giraldo, Lifehouse, The Steve Miller Band, Trey Songz, Boys like Girls and many more.

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In the French Quarter

If you want something with a southern edge, go to the French Quarter Courtyard to see some authentic New Orleans music including Soul Project Nola, The Dirty Bourbon River Show, the Daddy Mack Blues Band and more.

You’ll also find some great Creole cooking here. Be sure to try the Jambalaya or the Creole Jumbo.

Extra cost?
There is no extra charge for all the fun and festivities, your entrance ticket covers it all except food and souvenirs of course. Don’t forget to purchase one of our attraction tickets when you book your villa.

Adults who still have energy to burn might want to stay for the after-party at one of the clubs on City Walk. For others your luxury Orlando villa shouldn’t be very far away at all and you can go ‘home’ to check out your photos and reflect on a great fun southern-style party.