Universal Orlando is gearing up for Florida’ s biggest Mardi Gras party. This year’s annual festivities kick off February 9 and run through April 4. The annual event will feature sounds, sights and tastes from the Big Easy as well as nightly parades and live concerts from some of the hottest names in the music industry today.

New and returning favorites will take the Music Plaza Stage on select nights. Here is the lineup:
February 9 – BUSH
February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
February 17 – Dan + Shay
February 23 – Macklemore
March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter
March 9 – Becky G
March 10 – Sean Paul
March 16 – Steve Miller Band
March 17 – Ziggy Marley
March 23 – NF
March 24 – Pitbull
March 30 – Bazzi
March 31 – To be announced

For more music check out the French Quarter Courtyard where you can listen to beats from the Big Easy. Authentic New Orleans bands will perform daily and include:
February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band 

In between concerts make sure you check out the nightly parades. This year, the parades have an all new theme - Party Animals, so you can expect to see floats and performers dressed as their spirit animals from all over the world like the arctic, jungle, ocean, swamp and more. There will be 12 floats in total as well as dancers and stilt performers.

You can’t experience Mardi Gras without getting a taste of New Orleans cajun cuisine. The French Quarter Courtyard is spicing things up this year with food and drinks served in tasting sizes. Get a taste of such Newlines favorites as beignets, frog legs, crab étouffée and crawfish. There will also be a signature Mardi Gras cocktail, craft beer and more.