The glitz, the glamour, the decadence of Mardi Gras are known around the world. From the costumes, to the lights, music, food and beads… lots and lots of beads. Mardi Gras is a once a year celebration that I have wanted to attend for a very long time but heading to New Orleans and trying to find someone willing to watch the kids for me has just not been an option. So learning that I could have all the fun of Mardi Gras but in a family friendly environment at Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gras made me one excited tourist! Lucky for me I was invited to attend Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gras with a group of my blogging buddies. Don’t worry though you can have the same fun I did now through April 18th on Saturdays and select other dates.
The Creative Director, Jason Horne at Universal Studios Orlando has left none of the pomp and circumstance out of their Mardi Gras celebration. Each week a different band comes in straight from New Orleans to entertain the masses and set the perfect mood for all of the Mardi Gras entertainment. These bands have the guests dancing along all while visiting Universal Studios Orlando’s French Quarter Courtyard where tourists can nosh on some delightfully authentic Creole food.
The fun doesn’t stop there though. No, as the sun sets the real fun begins! That is when the Mardi Gras parade happens! This parade is filled with jaw dropping floats that are all beautiful with their glitter, bold paint and bright lights. People line up early for this parade so that just like in New Orleans they can try to catch some beads from the passing floats. (Don’t worry though no flashing of goodie bits is required or allowed.) We were lucky enough to get to ride on the King and Queen float and throw beads. It truly was one of the funnest things I have done in a long time. Seriously, it’s exciting when you throw those beads out and they make it into the hands of that adorable child, hyper adult or when you ring them around someone’s hand while they are taking pics.
Even after all of that excitement though we still weren’t done for the night! On select nights Universal Studios Orlando has live concerts with some of the top performers in music. The night we were there was no exception. We were lucky enough to get to see MKTO in concert and even got a chance to meet the guys before the show. I swear to y’all you don’t know embarrassment until you are singing a song you love completely off-key and have the artists walk up behind you and join in. They were so nice though and the concert was so much fun! If you want to see the complete list of artists you can head over here and take a look. There are still a lot of great shows yet to come!
For more information on how you can get in on all of this Mardi Gras fun head on over to the Universal Orlando Resort website here and get the planning started on your own trip.
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