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Preview of Universal Orlando's 2019 Mardi Gras

Drinks, food, floats, beads and music!
Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-09 10:20:02-05

Universal Orlando's annual Mardi Gras celebration is coming back this weekend. Only on 5, I got an exclusive preview at what's new this year.

"What they can expect is a party," says Blake Braswell, Show Director for Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort.

Of course, there will be parties in the streets with tons of beads, "People go bananas for those beads," says Blake.

But you may be wondering, what's new at this year's colorful Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort.

In the French Quarter, you'll be able to have gator bites, jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, pó boys, and more.

Food of Mardi Gras

"The flavors we have here are right out of New Orleans," says the parks Executive Chef Tom Danboise.

New this year is all the food is served in tasting-size portions.

"One thing we learned from last year was our guest wanted to sample some of the different items versus buying an entire platter of food. So now they can have two, three, four, maybe even five flavors as they walk around the park," says Chef Tom.

Sweets of Mardi Gras

There are three specialty drinks that light up, like the Vicious Voodoo. Two flavors kept separated from each other until they mix in your mouth through two straws.

Drinks of Mardi Gras

Electrifying new floats featuring buzzing bees and flowers, a giant frog and lobster, and a sparkly turtle.

On select nights there are concerts featuring acts like Dan + Shay, Macklemore, Pitbull, and The Steve Miller Band.

Mardi Gras runs this Saturday through April 4.

Right now, Florida residents can experience Mardi Gras with a 2-Park, 3-Day base ticket offer for $159.99. This offer is valid for admission to one park per day and is available for purchase through April 4 with a valid promo code from Coca-Cola® or Coke® Zero Sugar.

Mardi Gras Event DatesHeadliners(performing in the Music Plaza)
Feb. 9BUSH
Feb. 16Gavin DeGraw
Feb. 17Dan + Shay
Feb. 23Macklemore
March 2Sabrina Carpenter
March 9Becky G
March 10Sean Paul
March 16Steve Miller Band
March 17Ziggy Marley
March 23NF
March 24Pitbull
March 30Bazzi
March 31To be announced