By Roger Jimenez
Looking to discover the exuberance of Mardi Gras without leaving Orlando? Today we delve into the excitement of the upcoming festivities, lively parades, and a global feast of international flavors coming soon. Check out the opportunities that abound as the New Orleans spirit begins to unfold in the heart of Orlando's event scene!
Universal Studios Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval
Feb. 7 - Apr. 7
Included w/ admission
Step into the revelry of Universal’s famous Mardi Gras celebration, where the magic of Mardi Gras extends beyond beads and fun! Immerse yourself in the lively Carnaval traditions from across the globe and be captivated by the renowned spectacular parade, where beads abound by the handful! Experience the rhythm of live concerts on select nights, showcasing diverse musical talents. And don’t forget to indulge in an array of international cuisine, featuring sizzling New Orleans favorites that promise a feast for the senses!
SeaWorld Mardi Gras + Seven Seas Food Festival
Feb. 8 - 18
Included w/ Admission
Embark on a sensational journey of flavors and festivities at SeaWorld Mardi Gras and their Seven Seas Food Festival! Celebrate in the spirit of the season with a myriad of limited-time offerings, including incredible food, cocktails, and a variety of live entertainment and music. As an integral part of the renowned Seven Seas Food Festival, this Mardi Gras celebration invites you to savor the essence of New Orleans right within the thrilling atmosphere of SeaWorld.
Casselberry Mardi Gras Music Fest
February 9th | 6 - 9 PM
Lake Concord Park
Head to Lake Concord Park on February 9 for the 2024 Mardi Gras Music Festival and Casselberry Food Truck event! This lively street party will feature spicy Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans R&B sounds on stage. Enjoy high-energy entertainment from Junkanoo dancers between music sets, showcasing drums, whistles, and vibrant costumes. The festivities will kick off with the Mardi Gras Dog Parade, where dogs of all sizes and breeds compete in categories like Cutest Canine, Most Original, Funniest Family, and People’s Choice.
Fat Tuesday Street Party @ The Promenade Sunset Walk
February 13th | 5 PM
Join the community at the 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Street Party at the Promenade at Sunset Walk! The event features a live concert by The Mardi McFlys, DJ K1X, thousands of beads, Mardi Gras street performers, craft vendors, The Mardi Gras Express train rides, food and beverage specials, and over 30 restaurants, specialty shops, and experiences! Admission and parking are free, and this rain or shine event promises an unforgettable celebration.
Mardi Gras Festival @ The Villages
February 13th | 4 - 9 PM
Get ready for The Villages' yearly Mardi Gras bash! The event kicks off with the beloved pet costume contest and Mardi Paw March, a delightful pet-themed stroll! Make sure to dive into the festivities with a variety of food vendors, local talents, artists, and shopping delights to keep the celebration alive throughout the night!
Sanford Mardi Gras Parade
February 17th | 4 - 9 PM
The 10th Annual Sanford Mardi Gras will be hosted by The West End Trading Co. and Historic Downtown Sanford, bringing this festive celebration unfolds in the 'Famous L' of the charming Historic Downtown Sanford! Find yourself in a lively atmosphere featuring food trucks, live music, craft beer, cocktails, and more! A Mardi Gras parade kicks off at 6th Street and Sanford Avenue along with a lively procession, accompanied by musicians, dancers, artists, and golf carts!
Orlando is gearing up for an unforgettable Mardi Gras season with a variety of exciting events. From vibrant parades and lively entertainment to incredible cuisine and unique pet-themed activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the festive spirit and join the celebration in Orlando's upcoming Mardi Gras events, promising unforgettable moments and a lively atmosphere for all. Let the good times roll!
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