Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday) has been celebrated in the Southern states for centuries, particularly in Louisiana, Alabama and of course Florida.
As its name suggests, it is always on a Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, as a precursor to Lent and is always 47 days before Easter Sunday. In 2017, Mardi Gras falls on February 28.
If you are in Central Florida, then the biggest celebrations take place at Universal Studios.
You don’t have to go to New Orleans to immerse yourself in Mardi Gras, there are plenty of places in Florida to celebrate Mardi Gras
One of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations in 2017 takes place at Universal Studios every evening from February 4 to March 25 where you can experience authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine including Catfish, Jambalaya, Shrimp Gumbo, red beans and rice, beignets and Andouille Sausage.
You can listen to the authentic sounds of the Big Easy and watch a special evening Mardi Gras parade with 12 authentic New Orleans style Mardi Gras parade floats when multi-coloured float riders and stilt-walkers throw strands of beads and doubloons into the crowds as they pass in true Mardi Gras tradition.
There are also special live concerts featuring world famous acts on select nights.
In the French Quarter Courtyard, you will feel like you are strolling down Bourbon Street with a special Louisiana music program during the early evening which then continues at Universal CityWalk®.
The Mardi Gras celebrations and concerts are included in the standard park admission plus you get free admission to selected venues at Universal CityWalk® including Pat O’Brien’s which is an exact replica of the famous New Orleans bar, so you can party away until 2 o’clock in the morning. The rides remain open until normal park closing time.
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