Universal Orlando Makes Big Announcement About Fan-Favorite Event Beginning Next Month

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Universal Studios has made a huge announcement about the Mardi Gras celebration at its Orlando theme park resort.

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Mardi Gras 2023 at Universal Orlando - complete insider's guide

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Universal Studios Orlando Resort has released a list of headliners for the concert series during the 2023 Mardi Gras celebration in the parks. This year, the event is titled “Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval.” Universal says this year’s celebration reaches beyond the bayou for Mardi Gras and includes some of the cultures, colors, and flavors of Brazil and beyond.

The concert series at the 2023 Mardi Gras Celebration, which begins on February 4, 2023, and concludes on April 16, 2023, includes artists from different walks of life, so there’s something for everyone–a wide variety of tastes in music for a wide variety of guests at Universal Studios Orlando.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023 - Dates

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This year’s concert series will include live performances by the Grammy Award-nominated band, the Goo Goo Dolls, as well as Grammy Award-winning Platinum superstar Maren Morris and the Grammy Award-winning artist with a Reggae flair, Sean Paul.

The headlining artists are as follows:

Feb. 4 – Patti LaBelle
Feb. 10 – JVKE
Feb. 11 – Goo Goo Dolls
Feb. 18 – Maren Morris
Feb. 19 – Willow Smith
Feb. 25 – 3 Doors Down
Mar. 4 – Sean Paul
Mar. 5 – Lauren Daigle

Additionally, the Mardi Gras celebration at Universal will include–of course–parades with magnificent parade floats! The 2023 parade theme is “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras.” The theme was inspired by “fantastical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, unicorns, and more, with a Mardi Gras twist,” per Universal’s news release on Tuesday.

Universal Orlando sets dates for Mardi Gras 2023

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Universal also noted that the 2023 parade will include six more floats, including a 50-foot-long King Gator float and a two-story riverboat float. The Mardi Gras parade schedule is as follows:

  • 6:15 p.m. | Feb 5-9, 12-16, Feb. 26-Mar. 2
  • 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 17, 20–24; Mar. 3, Mar. 6 – Apr. 16
  • 7:45 p.m. (concert nights) |  Feb. 4, 10-11, 18-19; Mar. 4-5

It’s important to note that the Mardi Gras parade will not take place on the evening of March 31st, as the park will close early for a “Grad Bash” event.

orlando resort’s mardi gras 2023 celebration

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Per Universal Orlando’s official website:

What’s even more exciting than Mardi Gras? Universal’s Mardi Gras! We’re going beyond the bayou with an awesome party inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world. Watch a parade (on select nights) of spectacular floats. Sample flavors from the bayou to Brazil and beyond. Enjoy live music all around and concerts (on select nights), then go ahead and get your beads and your party on!

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