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Universal Mardi Gras

This year's Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval was originally set to run through Sunday, March 28, but has now been extended an additional two weeks through April 11 due to popular demand. 

This year's event has been a little different than those held in previous years, eschewing parades and concerts and focusing more on authentic cuisine inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe. During this extended event guests at Universal Studios Florida can continue to enjoy vibrant décor and the opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park. 

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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.

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

Though this event continues to be very popular, capacity continues to be limited, so guests wanting to check out this event will definitely want to get to the park early so they can make sure they can enjoy the last month of this event! 

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