Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2018 Concert Lineup

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We’re just a few weeks away from Universal’s Mardi Gras, running February 3rd to April 7th in 2018! Beads will fly, smells of Cajun cuisine will fill the air, and some of the biggest names in music will take the stage.

For the first time ever, Mardi Gras will run 64 consecutive nights with more opportunities to see the glittering Mardi Gras parade, hear the sweet sounds of The Big Easy with live bands straight from Bourbon Street and enjoy flavorful Cajun cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard. Enjoy the parade every night of the event, now with even more new floats. See below for nightly parade schedule.

This year, you can sing along to the hits of GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, Macklemore; international superstar and recording artist, Sean Paul; and Billboard “Hot 100” pop group, Fifth Harmony, as they take the stage. Check out the complete line up below.

Concert Lineup 2018

    • February 3: Sean Paul
    • February 10: The Beach Boys
    • February 17: Kelsea Ballerini
    • February 18: Andy Grammer
    • February 24: Macklemore
    • March 3: 311
    • March 4: Phillip Phillips
    • March 10: To Be Announced
    • March 11: Fitz and the Tantrums
    • March 17: Foreigner
    • March 18: Fifth Harmony
    • March 24: To Be Announced
    • March 25: BUSH

Joining these chart-topping artists are some of New Orleans’ most talented brass bands, bringing sounds of the Bayou to The French Quarter Courtyard:

    • February 3 – Feb. 20: Free Agents Brass Band
    • February 21 – March 6: Naughty Professor Brass Band
    • March 7 – March 20: New Breed Brass Band
    • March 21 – March 31: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
    • April 1 – April 7: Dirty Bourbon River Show

New Parade Floats for 2018

Joining the several new floats added last year are another new six floats, all themed to constellations in the sky. That makes a total of 12 amazing floats, in addition to the colorful dancers and loads of beads that make up this spectacular family-friendly parade. The new float designs are themed as the following ethereal creatures:

Taurus
Virgo the Maiden

Scorpius
Andromeda

Orion the Hunter
Serpentarius

Parade Schedule

Starts at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 6

Starts at 6:45 pm on the following dates:
Feb. 4, 5, 7-9, 11-15

Starts at 7:15 pm on the following dates:
Feb. 16, 19-23, 25-28
Mar. 1, 2, 5-9

Starts at 7:45 pm on the following dates:
Feb. 3, 10, 17, 18, 24
Mar. 3, 4, 10-31
Apr. 1-7


All Mardi Gras festivities are included with your regular Universal Studios Florida admission. So, grab your tickets and head on out to Florida’s biggest party. You can purchase discount tickets for Universal Orlando here.

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