Skip to main content
  1. Travel
  2. Local Getaways

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida: Mardi Gras parade floats by night

See also

In the first part of this article, you saw some of the Mardi Gras floats at Universal Studios Florida during the day. If you missed that article, you'll find it right here.

More Photos

It's great to have an opportunity to see the floats when it's light out because you can really see the detail, but of course the best time to view them is at night, during the parade. That's when they're all lit up and packed with enthusiastic bead throwers who shower the crowd with colorful beads. Each float also has its own troop of talented performers accompanying it.

Click the slideshow accompanying this article for a quick overview of the 2014 Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras parade featuring the brand new floats, as well as some old favorites. The "Around the World in 80 Days" theme makes for a nice global tour before it ends up in New Orleans for the grand finale.

Check the parade time in your park map when you arrive so you can be sure to stake out a good spot. There's a special reserved area for "little jesters" and plenty of viewing for everyone all along the route, which passed through the Hollywood and New York sections of the park.

Need advice or guidance from a Central Florida theme parks expert? Check out my ebooks for Kindle and Nook.


Today's top buzz...

  • Logitech mouse
    Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX: Wireless mouse works on any surface including glass
    13 Photos
  • Comic-Con
    We've got the sexiest, fiercest, coolest ladies spotted at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014
    20 Photos
  • Scarlett Johansson
    Scarlett Johansson is the face of Perfect Mono: Dolce and Gabbana's first cream eyeshadow
    5 Photos
  • Cheap Trick
    Cheap Trick once again proved that they are the epitome of American rock and roll
    20 Photos
  • Beach hats
    Beat the heat with the best summer beach hats for women
    Beach Hats
  • Jeff Gordon
    Jeff Gordon wins his fifth race at The Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    17 Photos