Live Concerts, Cajun Cuisine, Nightly Mardi Gras Parade and More Bring the Spirit of The Big Easy to

Florida’s Biggest Party Feb. 3 – April 7

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced the headlining acts of its 2018 Mardi Gras celebration – the most authentic Mardi Gras event outside New Orleans, complete with Cajun-style cuisine, dazzling costumed performers and a stunning parade with countless beads. 

From Feb. 3 through April 7, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018 will offer more opportunities than ever before for guests to experience Florida’s Biggest Party.  On 13 select nights, fans can sing along to popular hits as some of the biggest names in music take the stage, including GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, Macklemore, international superstar and recording artist,Sean Paul and award-winning, multiplatinum chart-toppers, Fifth Harmony.  See below for the complete lineup.

Guests will also enjoy mouthwatering shrimp po’boys, jambalaya, beignets and more at the French Quarter Courtyard while listening to authentic sounds of New Orleans straight from Bourbon Street.

The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an annual pass.  Florida Residents can get three months free on Power, Preferred and Premier Annual Passes with a UPC code from select Coca-Cola products.  For more information on Mardi Gras, visit

2018 Mardi Gras Headliners Lineup

Mardi Gras Event Dates


(Performing in the Music Plaza)Feb. 3Sean PaulFeb. 10The Beach BoysFeb. 17Kelsea BalleriniFeb. 18Andy GrammerFeb. 24MacklemoreMarch 3311March 4Phillip PhillipsMarch 10To be announcedMarch 11Fitz and the TantrumsMarch 17ForeignerMarch 18Fifth HarmonyMarch 24To be announcedMarch 25BUSH

2018 Mardi Gras New Orleans Bands Lineup

Mardi Gras Event Dates

New Orleans Bands

(Performing in the French Quarter Courtyard)Feb. 3 – Feb. 20Free Agents Brass BandFeb. 21 – March 6Naughty Professor Brass BandMarch 7 – March 20New Breed Brass BandMarch 21 – March 31Young Pinstripe Brass BandApril 1 – April 7Dirty Bourbon River Show

About Universal Orlando Resort  Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. 

Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, feature a total of 5,600 rooms and are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort consistently unveils all-new guest experiences, including powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park, and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, an immersive and interactive attraction in Universal Studios Florida.

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