Florida’s Biggest Party Returns this February with a Spectacular Nightly Mardi Gras Parade; Plus Live Concerts on Select Nights

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 12, 2017) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced the headliners taking the stage for the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration – a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans bash that features Cajun-style cuisine, authentic New Orleans flare, a spectacular parade, and – on select nights – live concerts by a star-studded lineup of musical artists covering everything from pop and R&B to rock and disco.

The celebration also includes a uniquely themed nightly parade featuring festive Mardi Gras floats complete with New Orleans-inspired music, dozens of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and more than one million beads. This year’s parade will feature six all-new Mythical Creatures Themed floats including, The Dance of the Dragon, The Flight of the Pegasus, and The Rise of the Garuda. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has hand crafted floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.

Guests can also enjoy authentic New Orleans-style cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled 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 up to three months free on Power, Preferred and Premier Annual Passes with a Coca-Cola and Coke Zero UPC code or promo code on special marked packages. For more information on Mardi Gras, visit


Mardi Gras Event Dates


(performing in the Music Plaza)

Feb. 4

Trace Adkins

Feb. 11


Feb. 18

Collective Soul

Feb. 19

X Ambassadors 

Feb. 25

Fifth Harmony

March 4

Kool & the Gang

March 5

Olivia Newton-John

March 11


March 12

Toby Keith

March 18

Jason Derulo

March 19

Earth, Wind & Fire

March 25

The All – American Rejects


Mardi Gras Event Dates

New Orleans Bands

(performing in the French Quarter)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 14

Young Pipeline Brass Band

Feb. 15 – Feb. 21

New Breed Brass Band

Feb. 22 – March 5

Free Agents Brass Band

March 6 –  March 15

Naughty Professor Brass Band

March 16 – March 25

Dirty Bourbon River Show

About Universal Orlando Resort  For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort 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 theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, 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. And in early summer 2017, Universal Orlando will open its third park, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience.  Universal’s on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk’s newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. 

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