Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2017 – Full Coverage with Video

Alicia Stella Events Coverage

I’m a big fan of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida! I love that this massive event is actually free with your admission to the park. There’s so many fun in-park entertainers and stilt walkers, huge free concerts every week, delicious New Orleans food, specialty drinks, and of course, an incredible parade (and beads!)

Universal’s Mardi Gras is happening right now, February 4th to March 25th. For the first time ever, this massive party is running for 50 consecutive nights! (Yes, the parade is every night of the event this time!) This year’s parade features SIX all-new floats, all themed to mythical creatures including: Manticore’s Majesty, The Rise of the Garuda, The Dance of the Dragon, Phoenix from the Flames, Garden Sprites, and The Flight of the Pegasus.

Check out my video of this year’s event (and lots of photos below as well,) to see some of food, event merchandise, entertainers, plus the entire parade! If you’re looking for the concert lineup, see our previous post here.


Photo Coverage

Welcome to Mardi Gras!

2017 Mardi Gras Merchandise

Street side decor in front of the Universal Studios Store

Some of the merchandise at a Mardi Gras cart

2017 shot glass design

2017 Mardi Gras shirt design

Masquerade masks

2017 Mardi Gras lanyards

Beer beads and beaded neckties


French Quarter Courtyard

Welcome to French Quarter Courtyard, home of New Orleans food, street entertainers, and live music

Stilt walker entertainers

Phoenix themed entertainers

Courtyard entrance facing The Mummy

Nawlins Style Food & Spirits

King and Queen photo spot

Checking out some of the food offerings!

Cajun Sampler Platter

My favorite food item every year is the Twisted Tater!

Andouille Sausage, Red Beans and Rice, and Cajun Shrimp

For dessert there’s Funnel Puffs and Beignets

And of course it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without some drinks

The specialty drinks for 2017

Live music in the courtyard by the Young Pinstripe Brass Band

Checking Out the 2017 Parade

Be sure to watch the video to see the full parade, featuring all of the new floats!

New float: Phoenix from the Flames. I’m all for a float with fire!

New float: The Flight of the Pegasus, featuring constant fog effects

You know the parade is ending when you get to the giant alligator!

That’s all for our coverage of the 2017 Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida! I know I’ll be stopping by a few more times before the event ends March 25th to try some more of the delicious New Orleans style foods and catch the parade again!

Check out the full concert line-up for this year’s Mardi Gras here! Be sure to subscribe to the news feed to stay informed with theme park news and construction updates.

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