Throw me somethin Mista!Universal Orlando announces 2019 Mardi Gras line up!


Fire up the crawfish, and get the beads ready to fly! It’s almost Mardi Gras time! Universal Orlando runs the biggest party this side of the Mississippi, and this years no exception as they roll into Mardi Gras season with one of the biggest line ups of huge concerts, some massive new floats, and a brand new selection of food!

The big news is all the massive concerts. While Mardi Gras runs the parade, food and fun every night from February 9th until April 4th, massive concerts happen every week, with a huge line up of today’s biggest stars, great classics and more.

Here’s this year’s line up:

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

If you want a sound that is more authentically Mardi Gras, Universal will bring in some of the best bands and musical acts direct from New Orleans, to play in the “French Quarter” section, where all the Mardi Gras fun happens.

2019 Mardi Gras New Orleans Bands Lineup
Mardi Gras Event Dates
New Orleans Bands
(Performing in the French Quarter Courtyard)
Feb. 9 – Feb. 17
Dirty Bourbon River Show
Feb. 18 – Feb. 27
Naughty Professor Brass Band
Feb. 28 – March 18
Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
March 19 – April 4
New Breed Brass Band

Unlike the bands on the Music Plaza Stage, the New Orleans bands will play every day of the event, and will perform in the French Quarter Courtyard.

While the concerts and music are fun, it’s the parade that gets things going. Every year the parade features 12 floats, with six of those being different every year. There are six “traditional” floats, and six that go with this year’s theme of “Party Animals”, which will take guests around the world to different animals in different climates and settings.

The floats, as always, are designed by Universal Orlando but built by Mardi Gras masters, Kern Studios. Kern Studios has designed Mardi Gras floats since 1947, and is one of the top parade float designers in the country. The parade will feature the six new floats, which boast animal designs from all over the world. The animals and designs will overflow from the floats, and into the streets as the performers dress to match. Of course, you’ll be able to catch beads by the fistful, as the parade drops tons of beads every night.

Food is also a massive part of the Mardi Gras fun, with several authentic Mardi Gras classics making their way to the festivities. This year, Universal promises old favorites as well as new tasty dishes, such as crab etouffe, crawfish, and frog legs. Of course there’s also likely to be staples like muffulettas, beignets, jambalaya and more.

The fun kicks off on February 9th, and runs every day until April 4th. All concerts are included with theme park admission, and Florida Residents can get a massive discount with a 2-park, 3-day ticket for just $159 with discount codes on specially marked Coke products. New annual passholders can also get up to six months free on any annual pass.

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