ORLANDO, FL – Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration. On select nights Feb. 6 through April 16, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with a family-friendly version of the famed “N’awlins” celebration at Universal Studios Florida – featuring delicious Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and 14 nights of exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music.
This year’s star-studded concert lineup features a diverse array of talent with something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include rock band Fall Out Boy, teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes, GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes and legendary entertainer Diana Ross. For the complete line-up, see below.
This year’s Mardi Gras parade features 12 vibrant floats, including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world – Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. Plus, guests can visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.
The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. Guests can take advantage of a vacation package including the all-new Cabana Bay Beach Resort starting from $149 per adult, per night, tax inclusive. The package includes 3-night on-site hotel accommodations, a 2-day Park-to-Park ticket, Early Park Admission and more.
2016 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP
Mardi Gras Event Dates Headliners(performing in the Music Plaza)
New Orleans Bands (performing in the French Quarter)
February 6 Hunter Hayes – Rockin’ Jake
February 13 Diana Ross – Mississippi Rail Company
February 14 Barenaked Ladies – Mississippi Rail Company
February 20 Nate Ruess – Naughty Professor
February 27 Fall Out Boy – Cha Wa
March 5 Kool & the Gang – Beth McKee & the Sliders
March 12 The Fray – Soul Project
March 13 Adam Lambert – Soul Project
March 19 Shawn Mendes – The Big Easy Playboys
March 20 3 Doors Down – The Big Easy Playboys
March 26 REO Speedwagon – Gravy
April 2 T-Pain – Dirty Bourbon River Show
April 9 Jessie J – Daddy Mack Blues Band
April 16 Yandel – Big Al and The Heavyweights