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Universal Orlando goes international with upcoming Mardi Gras event

Guests can take culinary journey tasting iconic Carnaval dishes

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ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando Resort released new details Wednesday about its upcoming Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval.

Officials said for the first time ever, guests will take a culinary journey tasting more than 70 delectable dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the world.

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Some flavors include dishes from Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and other regions including the home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans. Members of Universal’s culinary team said they’re bringing the Mardi Gras savory delights to select menus at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando resort hotels.

Click here to see the menu of food options available.

Hundreds of beads available inside the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras tribute store
Hundreds of beads available inside the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras tribute store

Joining the flavors of the festival will be live entertainment including energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians and thousands of colorful Mardi Gras beads.

In years past, Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration included musical concerts and an incredible parade. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both of these types of events will not take place. Instead, Universal said the intricately detailed Mardi Gras floats will be stationed throughout the theme park.

Officials also said the Mardi Gras tribute store will return stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for the epic celebration.

2020 Mardi Gras tribute store at Universal Orlando Resort
2020 Mardi Gras tribute store at Universal Orlando Resort (WKMG-TV)

Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration begins on Feb. 6 and runs through March 28 and is free with park admission.

Now through March 31, any guest who purchases a two-park annual or seasonal pass will receive three extra months free to enjoy at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.


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