Universal Orlando’s annual Mardi Gras event returns on Feb. 4, complete with a slate of concerts on the Music Plaza Stage at Universal Studios Florida. 

The initial lineup announced Tuesday includes:

  • Feb. 4: Patti LaBelle
  • Feb. 10: JVKE
  • Feb. 11: Goo Goo Dolls
  • Feb. 18: Maren Morris
  • Feb. 19: Willow
  • Feb. 25: 3 Doors Down
  • March 4: Sean Paul
  • March 5: Lauren Daigle

Some of the acts are familiar with theme park concerts. Sean Paul performed at Universal’s Mardi Gras in 2018 and 2019, while 3 Doors Down was part of the concert lineup at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio last summer. 

The event’s nightly parade will also be back, this time themed to what Universal called the “mythical realms of Mardi Gras” in a press release. Universal has changed how guests can ride on the parade floats, now requiring a $85 dining package called Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience in order to snag a reserved spot. 

The themed, limited-time Tribute Store will return as well, but is being moved to space once occupied by the Williams of Hollywood prop shop and The Dark Room photo shop in the Universal Studios Florida’s Hollywood section. 

Outside of the park, Universal CityWalk will offer a Mardi Gras After Party on select nights at Pat O’Brien’s. The Red Coconut Club will get a seasonal overlay as the “Cursed Coconut Club,” though Universal did not share details or dates for that offering. 

Mardi Gras returned in full force last year after the 2020 event was interrupted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 event offered more food booths but no concerts or parades. 

The 2023 edition of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras runs from Feb. 4 to April 16. The festivities are included with the price of regular admission to Universal Studios Florida.