Universal Orlando Resort reveals the headlining acts of its 2018 Mardi Gras celebration – the most authentic Mardi Gras event outside New Orleans, complete with Cajun-style cuisine, dazzling costumed performers and a stunning parade with countless beads.
From Feb. 3 through April 7, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018 will offer more opportunities than ever before for guests to experience Florida’s Biggest Party. On 13 select nights, fans can sing along to popular hits as some of the biggest names in music take the stage, including GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, Macklemore, international superstar and recording artist, Sean Paul and award-winning, multiplatinum chart-toppers, Fifth Harmony. See below for the complete lineup.
The musical stars won’t be the only ones on display as a constellation-themed Mardi Gras parade will keep the good times rolling every night throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida with breathtakingly detailed floats, festive krewes of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and countless beads. Six new celestial floats – including Taurus, Virgo and Serpentarius – complete a lineup of 12 intricately hand-crafted floats engineered by Kern Studios, designer of the original New Orleans Mardi Gras floats for more than 50 years.
Guests will also enjoy mouthwatering shrimp po’boys, jambalaya, beignets and more at the French Quarter Courtyard while listening to authentic sounds of New Orleans straight from Bourbon Street. The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an annual pass.
2018 Mardi Gras Headliners Lineup (Performing in the Music Plaza)
Feb. 3 – Sean Paul
Feb. 10 – The Beach Boys
Feb. 17 – Kelsea Ballerini
Feb. 18 – Andy Grammer
Feb. 24 – Macklemore
March 3 – 311
March 4 – Phillip Phillips
March 10 – to be announced
March 11 – Fitz and the Tantrums
March 17 – Foreigner
March 18 – Fifth Harmony
March 24 – to be announced
March 25 – BUSH
2018 Mardi Gras New Orleans Bands Lineup (Performing in the French Quarter Courtyard)
Feb. 3 – Feb. 20 – Free Agents Brass Band
Feb. 21 – March 6 – Naughty Professor Brass Band
March 7 – March 20 – New Breed Brass Band
March 21 – March 31 – Young Pinstripe Brass Band
April 1 – April 7 – Dirty Bourbon River Show