Details for 2016 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

Beads, bands, and bayou fun are coming to the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras celebration in 2016.  Florida’s biggest party features authentic Cajun cuisine, a Mardi Gras Parade with floats direct from New Orleans, and more than 1.7 million beads a flyin’.  Also included are headliner concerts featuring talent such as Fall Out Boy, Shawn Mendes, Adam Lambert, and more.  Continue reading for full concert lineup and more details from Universal Orlando’s press release.

Update March 11, 2016

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras continues this weekend with two electrifying musical acts: The Fray on Saturday, March 12, and Adam Lambert on Sunday, March 13.

Since forming in 2002, The Fray has earned four GRAMMY nominations and sold more than 4 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide. The band is best known for their hit singles “You Found Me,” “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head (Cable Car).” In 2012, The Fray released their third album, Scars & Stories, that charted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200.

The Fray
Adam Lambert’s vocal career began in 2009 with the release of his debut album, For Your Entertainment, which included the GRAMMY-nominated single, “Whataya Want from Me.” In 2015, he released his third album, The Original High, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. Alongside his solo career, Lambert has collaborated with rock band Queen as lead vocalist since 2011, culminating in a successful world-wide tour from 2014 to 2016.

Update March 5, 2016

Tonight! It’s time to “Celebrate” with a performance by legendary R&B group Kool & the Gang on Saturday, March 5 at Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration.

Kool & The Gang at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2016 Mar
Having performed continuously for more than 40 years, longer than any R&B group in history, Kool & the Gang has three generations worth of worldwide musical influence. The group has earned two GRAMMY Awards, seven American Music Awards and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang is best known for its party anthem, “Celebrate,” as well as smash hits “Get Down On It,” and “Jungle Boogie.”

Update February 25, 2016

GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock band Fall Out Boy is set to perform this Saturday, February 27, at Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration.

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy performing at Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort


Since the release of their multi-platinum breakthrough album From Under The Cork Tree in 2005, Fall Out Boy has continued to be one of rock music’s biggest-selling bands. The band is best-known for its hit singles “Irresistible,” “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance.” The group’s sixth studio album, AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 while the album’s first two singles “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman” have been certified 4x and 2x platinum, respectively.

Update February 12, 2016

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration continues this weekend with performances by Motown icon Diana Ross on Saturday, February 13, and rock band Barenaked Ladies on Sunday, February 14.

Diana Ross
Ross’ famed and remarkable career spanning almost five decades has resulted in major awards, accolades and music history milestones. Her massive launch into stardom began as the leading lady of The Supremes, producing hits such as “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Where Did Our Love Go.” Her solo career proved to be equally successful, as her first No.1 solo single “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” earned her a GRAMMY nomination and continues to stand the test of time.

After 27 years together, more than 14 million albums sold and several GRAMMY nominations, Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies continues to fire on all cylinders. With the release of their latest album, Silverball, in 2015, the band will embark on the Last Summer on Earth 2016 Tour, which kicks off in June of this year. The band is best known for their Billboard chart-toppers, “One Week,” “Pinch Me” and “It’s All Been Done.”

Update February 2, 2016

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration kicks off this Saturday, February 6, featuring a live performance by five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes.

GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes
Hayes roared onto the music scene with his platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album and chart-topping second album, Storyline, on Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville. The multi-talented artist has many hits to his credit, including his most recent single “21” and the three No.1 smash hits “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “I Want Crazy.”

Original post from January 8 follows below…

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy performing at Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

From Universal Orlando’s Press Release

Let the good times roll at the 2016 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras celebration. On select nights February 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.


Mardi Gras Event Dates


(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

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

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.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.