Universal Orlando Resort has announced details – including the concert headliners – at this year’s Mardi Gras 2022 event – taking place February 5 to April 24 at Universal Studios Florida.
The concert line-up is as follows:
Feb 5 – Sugar Ray
Feb 12 – Diana Ross
Feb 19 – Barenaked Ladies
Feb 20 – Styx
Feb 26 – Jon Pardi
Mar 5 – LL Cool J
Mar 6 – Marshmello
Mar 12 – Lee Brice
Mar 13 – Becky G
Mar 18 – Khalid
Mar 19 – Seal
Mar 20 – Gavin Degraw
Mar 25 – The Revivalists
Mar 26 – Jimmie Allen
Mar 27 – Jason Derulo
All concerts are tentatively scheduled for 8:30PM and will be held on the Music Plaza Stage.
The Mardi Gras Parade is back this year and is taking place for a majority of the event nights (No parade on Apr 1, 2, or 8). This year’s parade theme, “Planet Mardi Gras,” comes to life in six incredibly-detailed floats that fuse Mardi Gras flare with cosmic-inspired elements like comets, rockets, Martians, and more. The new floats will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic Jester and nearly 50-foot long King Gator.
The Mardi Gras celebration continues throughout the park with an array of delicious culinary delicacies inspired by various locations around the globe. Guests can take their taste buds on an international culinary journey with dishes like the tasty Crawfish Boil and melt-in-your-mouth Beignets from New Orleans, Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa (a sweet and spicy noodle soup) from Southeast Asia, Vegan Samosa with spicy green chutney from India, and Salchipapas (a popular street food made with sausage and potatoes) from Central America. The best way to experience these flavors and much more is with the specialty “Mardi Gras Food and Beverage” card, which will be available for purchase in the park during the event.
Mardi Gras-inspired cuisine will also be featured at select Universal CityWalk venues during the run of the event, including Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, Pat O’Brien’s, and Voodoo Doughnut. Universal Orlando’s hotels are also joining the fun with special menu offerings at each resort, including New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Dirty Rice at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites; Chicken, Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya at Universal’s Aventura Hotel; King Cake Pancakes at Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Shrimp Po’Boys at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
The Mardi Gras Tribute Store is returning this year with an all-new theme, Float Factory Warehouse. Upon entering, guests will venture through four highly themed rooms designed to visually depict the creative process of bringing a parade float to life. As guests browse the latest Mardi Gras gear and themed treats within the retail space, they’ll see everything from pencil sketches and scale models to parade décor and an actual, full-size Mardi Gras float.
Stay tuned to Inside Universal for more on Mardi Gras and the Universal Parks & Resorts.