Universal Orlando Resort has hosted a number of slimmed down special events since reopening last July, including opening a handful of haunted houses for a daytime, socially distanced Halloween Horror Nights, and creating a walk-through parade for holiday guests to experience. And now it looks like the resort is getting ready for another scaled down event this spring: Mardi Gras!
Officially named Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval this year's event will eschew parades and concerts and have a renewed focus on authentic cuisine inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe. This first-ever, dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment will take place daily at Universal Studios Florida from Saturday, February 6 and continue through Sunday, March 28. Some of the food featured during this event will include:
- Fan-favorite Cajun cuisine from New Orleans, such as a Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets and other Big Easy delights
- Classic Carnaval dishes from the islands, such as Pernil & Mofongo from Puerto Rico, a vegan Pholourie from Trinidad and Tobago and Jerk Chicken from the Bahamas
- Pork Schnitzel Sliders and Bavarian Pretzels from Germany, iconic Paella Mixta and Leche Frita from Spain and Belgium Liege Waffles from Belgium
- Other famous flavors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, France and more
In addition to all of the delicious food options, Universal Studios Florida will be decked out in vibrant décor for the event and guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park, similar to the walk-through holiday experience from last year.
Guests can also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians, countless beads and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for this epic celebration.