SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love Universal’s MARDI GRAS 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval!

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Universal’s 2021 MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION! Theme park fans rejoiced last year when Universal came through in a major way with a modified version of Halloween Horror Nights. In a year where it was day after day of bad news, the ability to get even a taste of HHN – let alone the fantastic job that Universal did with the event – gave guests a sense that hope was on the horizon, and that things may get better much sooner than previously thought. Well, the good news continues in 2021 as Universal is back with a modified version of their annual Mardi Gras celebration, and for all intents and purposes the event is as good as any previous year!

Universal Studios Florida. (photo by Michael Carelli)

This year the celebration is titled Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval,  and due to guest demand the party just got extended by an extra couple weeks and will now operate daily through April 11th! Let’s take a look at the amazing offerings this year, starting with…

# 6 – Voodoo Doughnut (plus Mardi Gras goes RESORT WIDE!)

It’s no surprise that our beloved Voodoo Doughnut is back with a unique offering themed to Mardi Gras, but this year they brought the entire Universal Orlando Resort along for the ride as pretty much every dining location in CityWalk and the onsite hotels have special Mardi Gras-themed food and drinks! For Voodoo Doughnut, the special donut is a yeast bar filled with Bananas Foster Bavarian cream, dipped in white icing, and topped with an iconic Mardi Gras mask.

Mardi Gras Mask  Voodoo Doughnut. (photo by Michael Carelli)

This is the second year in a row that Voodoo hit it out of the park with a Mardi Gras-themed donut as it tastes great!

Cross-section. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Over in CityWalk, those who still need to satisfy their sweet tooth need to head on over to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and try the Moon Pie Milkshake. Just like the band Spinal Tap, Toothsome takes everything to an “11” with the outrageously delicious milkshake being topped with a HUGE Moon Pie! Come for the milkshake, but don’t forget to head on over to the confectionary side of Toothsome where you can get Mardi Gras themed truffles and macarons.

Moon Pie Milkshake. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
Yes, topped with a WHOLE Moon Pie. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

Hot Dog Hall of Fame enters the chat with a Sauerbraten Dog: bratwurst with pulled sauerbraten, red cabbage, and shredded fried potato. I’ve always found Hot Dog Hall of Fame to be one of the best places to stop by for a quick eat at Universal, and it’s wonderful to see them adding a new dog to the menu. It makes me hopeful we could see more tasty bites of synergy in the future.

Hot Dog Hall of Fame. (photo by Michael Carelli)
(photo by Michael Carelli)
Sauerbraten Dog. (photo by Michael Carelli)

A true gem of a restaurant that many guests have never been to in CityWalk is Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom. For Mardi Gras, they are offering Bake & “Shark”: fried flatbread, breaded catfish, tomato, coleslaw, cucumber, mango chutney, garlic mayo, hot pepper sauce served with curried chickpeas. This particular dish is inspired by Trinidad & Tobago, but the every day menu at Bob Marley’s features items that will bring you right back to “island time” including beef patties, jerk chicken, and even traditionally prepared ox tail stew. Trust me, do not sleep on Bob Marley’s; it is well worth your time going out of your way to dine here.

Bake & “Shark.” (photo by Brandon Glover)
(photo by Scott Sanders)
Blue Crap Beignets at Pat O’Briens. – (photo by Scott Sanders)

Look for more International-inspired food and drink items at Antojitos, Bigfire, Bread Box, Cow Fish, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, and Vivo Italian Kitchen.

You’ll also find Mardi Gras themed items at all the Universal Orlando hotels, including our personal favorite, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Jake’s American Bar menu. (photo by Ashley Marchese)
Mongolian Beef Bao Bun (photo by Ashley Marchese)

The Tropical Fruit Cake dessert is very similar to the experience we had when visiting Flavortown in Disney Springs. While Planet Hollywood served a milk chocolate sphere, Jake’s American Bar has a large white chocolate sphere drizzled with Mardi Gras colors.

Tropical Fruit Cake. (photo by @CraftyAshley)

The server then pours a warm butterscotch syrup over the top of the sphere until it starts to melt.

Tropical Fruit Cake. (photo by @CraftyAshley)

The sphere opens up to reveal a vanilla cake with a pineapple buttercream frosting, whipped cream dots.

Tropical Fruit Cake. (photo by @CraftyAshley)

At the Orchid Court Lounge in the Royal Pacific’s lobby you can find The Purple Samurai drink.

(photo by @insideuniversal)
*The Purple Samurai: Japanese whisky, lillet, lemon juice, blueberry rosemary syrup. (photo by Bri-Man of Inside Universal)

It’s just not Mardi Gras without beignets, and over at Dockside Inn & Suites you can find the Dockside Beignets.

Dockside Beignets. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

Think of a warm, fluffy apple fritter. ::chef’s kiss::

Dockside Beignets. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

Meanwhile at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort we have the Laissez les bons temps Rouler Hurricane. “Let The Good Times Roll” – Bacardi Light Rum, Cruzan 12 Year Single Barrel Rum, Passionfruit Puree, Orange Juice and Grenadine served in a 32-ounce souvenir Galaxy Bowl cup.

Galaxy Bowl at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. (photo by @DznyGrlSD

# 5 – Merch

Those of you who read our sister blog series – The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! – we cover a lot of Disney special event merchandise that makes its way to the discounted outlet stores. Many times this is because the merchandise in question had no real thought put into it. Guests were expected to buy it because there wasn’t much else to buy. For Mardi Gras, Universal has a whole bunch of interesting merchandise to help lighten your wallet. I love the main t-shirt this year, because it features a Greatest Hits of sorts when it comes to Mardi Gras at USF.  You have the iconic USF entrance arch, King Gator float, hurricane drink, beads, masks, and even the old timey USF logo!

(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mardi Gras shirt. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

I wouldn’t consider myself a “spirit jersey guy” by any means, but this Mardi Gras version is one of the best that I have seen.

Mardi Gras spirit jersey. (photo by Hunter Underwood)

The “Party like a Pirate” tagline is on several pieces of merchandise, including this t-shirt.

(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Pirate t-shirt. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

I absolutely LOVE the Mardi Gras pin on the right with the beads.

Mardi Gras pins. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Classic Mardi Gras merchandise including masks and beads. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Many guests collect the annual Mardi Gras hurricane glass. (photo by Michael Carelli)
More Mardi Gras glassware. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras lanyards. (photo by Michael Carelli)

When I moved from New Hampshire to Florida, it took a little getting used to the fact that vehicles down here only had to have a license plate on the rear of the vehicle. I came from a state where you had to have license plates on both the front and the back, so at the time I had no idea why anyone would buy license plate merchandise. Now I get it (while also discovering some people like to collect license plates).

Mardi Gras license plates. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras DUCKS! (photo by Hunter Underwood)
(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Dice with skulls as the dots/numbers. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This year you could get customized metal wall signs and vinyl records.

Mardi Gras wall signs. (photo by Michael Carelli)

This wall shows the metal wall signs, vinyl records, and Mardi Gras themed phone cases.

Mardi Gras merch. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Here we have my type of merchandise. A gigantic chocolate coin.

Mardi Gras chocolate coin. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The detail and size on the plastic coin “case” is great, and solid enough that you can keep as a souvenir once you eat the chocolate inside.

Mardi Gras chocolate coin. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

This is what we call the classic Michael Scott “Win-Win-Win” scenario.

Mardi Gras chocolate coin. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Mardi Gras themed bags of candy. (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

Anyone who has flown to or visited Florida has undoubtedly seen boxes of taffy and chocolate gators for sale at gift shops. For Mardi Gras, Universal has those very same nostalgia items with Universal branding.

Mardi Gras themed candy. (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

# 4 – Krewe Crawl

The Krewe Crawl is a scavenger hunt that takes guests through 12 different Universal Studios Florida gift shops to check out scenes using a pirate skeleton crew as characters. Universal gift shops are starting to become an attraction themselves, so anything that encourages more people to explore them is great news to me. The maps are available for $7.95 at any of the participating stores, and completing the scavenger hunt earns a prize.

Krewe Crawl map. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

During the “taste” of HHN last fall, guests got to participate in the Scarecrow Stalk, for Christmas season they had the Holiday Tree Hunt, and for Mardi Gras we have the Krewe Crawl. Here’s how they all work: similar to the popular scavenger hunts at EPCOT like Figment’s Brush with the Masters held during Festival of the Arts or Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration during Flower & Garden, guests purchase a Krewe Crawl map ($7.95). The map includes the locations of all the themed displays inside the park. At each location your map will get stamped by a Team Member.  There are a some fantastic displays that have been set up, and the good news is that Universal will give you the “Pirate Treasure” redemption prize even if you haven’t received every stamp. This way you can collect the stamps at your leisure and not have to stress about “getting them all” before the park closes or your vacation ends.

Krewe Crawl map. (photo by hedgey)

Some of the situations created for this scavenger hunt are incredible. In Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem’s gift shop – Super Silly Stuff – a skeleton is painting their own self portrait.

Super Silly Stuff. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
I’ve titled this one “Starving Artist at Work.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

Lots of humor have been used in the displays.

San Franciso Candy Co. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The Shrek attraction itself gets dragged all the time on social media, but there are a TON of great details on the show building and in Shrek’s Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe. For the Krewe Crawl display, our skeleton is wearing a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co hat.

Shrek gift shop.  (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Incredible. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Reminds me of a moment in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl when Pintel and Ragetti wore their best Sunday dresses… (photo by Michael Carelli)
In Revenge of the Mummy’s gift shop you’ll find one skeleton holding an “In Loving Memory” picture of another skeleton. Truly meta moment. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The Film Vault features a very traditional swashbuckling pirate display. (photo by Michael Carelli)
We’re close to St. Patrick’s Day, a perfect excuse to step into Rosie’s Irish Shop. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The Supply Vault at Transformers: The Ride 3D has a witch doctor skeleton in what we would call a next level bonkers display. It’s a technical term. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
“Live” jazz being played by the undead in the gift shop of Men In Black: Alien Attack. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Tennessee Williams grave at the gift shop for Fast & Furious Supercharged (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

The treasure for completing the Krewe Crawl is a pair of special Mardi Gras beads.

Krewe Crawl redemption prize. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

# 3 – Floats and Entertainment

One of the most popular parts of Universal’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is the parade. However, because of the pandemic and social distancing concerns, a major change was made. Instead of crowds needing to gather and wait for one parade time, the parade floats and Team Member characters have been spread throughout the park. This allows you plenty of time (and more importantly, space) to not only see everything but to also get pictures.

King Gator float. (photo by Michael Carelli)
(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mardi Gras float. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Each float has lighting elements that make them really pop once the sun goes down!

(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mardi Gras float at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

During the Christmas season, guests seemed to really enjoy being able to go through a soundstage to see the various floats that would have been used in the annual Macy’s parade. I think the current Mardi Gras situation is satisfying as well because it gives you a much better opportunity to see the artistry in all the floats, have time to get all the pictures you want, and be able to interact with the Team Members.

Mardi Gras float. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Mardi Gras float at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mardi Gras float. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras float. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
Mardi Gras float at night. (photo by Hunter Underwood)
Mardi Gras float at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

A staple of the Mardi Gras celebration is live music, and despite all the big concerts being called off this year, guests still get to hear bands play both on Miss New Orleans float and around the park.

Mardi Gras musicians. (photo by Micahel Carellil)
Mardi Gras musician. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras musicians. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras musicians. (photo by Hunter Underwood)
Mardi Gras musician. (photo by Hunter Underwood)
Mardi Gras musicians. (photo by Brandon Glover)

There are also a whole bunch of Team Members working as street entertainment and on the floats to throw BEADS~!

Mardi Gras character. (photo by Michael Carelli)
How great is the plush monkey on this pirate captain?! (photo by Michael Carelli)
Pirate throwing beads. (photo by Michael Carelli)
More beads! (photo by Hunter Underwood)
You want beads? (photo by Michael Carelli)
WE GOT BEADS! (photo by Hunter Underwood)
King Gator-themed characters. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras character. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

# 2 – Food, Drink, and the TASTING LANYARD

The food and drink component of Mardi Gras has been growing every year and this year became the best ever with booths being located around the park rather just in one area. The event is now becoming a better version of EPCOT’s Food & Wine festival, with an emphasis on traditional Mardi Gras cajun food along with Carnaval-inspired dishes from the islands. This combination has great appeal to not just the diverse population in Orlando, but for all the locals who make day trips to the park from Florida and surrounding areas.

Pro Tip: get the best value in all of Florida with the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard. For $64.95 you get the opportunity to try 15 food and drink options throughout the park, bringing the price down to under $4.50 per item. The lanyard does not expire, which means you can use any unused portions next year! The tasting lanyard deal is almost too good to be true.

Mardi Gras tasting lanyard. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
Mardi Gras tasting lanyard. (photo by Michael Carelli)

When looking at the various menu boards, any item with a Universal Globe icon to the left of it can be “bought” by the tasting lanyard.

New Orleans menu. (photo by TheDCLBlog)
Beignets! (photo by Michael Carelli)
Jambalaya. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Crawfish Boil – Mix bag of crawfish, andouille, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Muffaletta Sandwich – Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella cheese, olive relish on a toasted bun. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Abita Purple Haze – 9oz Raspberry fruited lager. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Tropical Storm Punch. (photo by Michael Carelli)

At various stations, you may find some items that are included with the Tasting Lanyard, and some that are not. For example, let’s check out the Bloody Marys stand.

Bloody Marys kiosk. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Here is the Bloody Mary that you can get with the Tasting Lanyard. Not bad, right?

9 ounce Bloody Mary. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

You can also purchase a more premium version that is almost a meal and a drink!

Now THAT’S a Bloody Mary! (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Toppings for the premium Bloody Mary. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

Let’s take a look at the other Mardi Gras booths.

Puerto Rico booth. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Pernil & Mofongo – Roasted pork, smashed plantains, onion mojo. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner))
Picadillo Empanada – Picadillo beef filled fried pastry dough. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner))

Note how many items can be used with the Tasting Lanyard. This isn’t some “bait and switch” where only a limited selection of food and drink can be bought with the house coming out ahead. Nay Nay. For once the guests are the big winners here.

Bahamas Booth. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Jerk chicken (front) jerk jack fruit (back) (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Trinidad & Tobago. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Pholourie – Deep fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a side of tamarind chutney or powdered sugar. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Queen’s Park Swizzle – 9oz National cocktail of Trinidad and Tobago; minted dark rum grog with a light float of Angostura bitters. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Brazil booth presents: Moqueca de Camarao – Shrimp coconut cream stew, white rice, sweet potato curls. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Brigadeiros – Brazilian classic with condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, toasted peanuts. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Colombia booth presents: Carnitas Arepas – Corn meal cake pocket filled with avocado, carnitas, mayonnaise, ketchup, cilantro (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Cuban Sandwich – Roasted pork, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles on Cuban bread served with plantain chips. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Cuban Flan – Baked vanilla custard, dark caramel. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Italy booth presents: Arancini – Fried risotto, wild mushrooms, truffle, parmesan cheese. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Italian Rainbow Cookie – Colorful layers of almond cake sandwiched with raspberry jam and coated in chocolate. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Cannoli – Italian pastry shell, chocolate chip cannoli cream, chocolate shavings. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The French inspired crepe is purchased at the Central Park Crepes kiosk.

The Poached Pear Crème Brulee Crepe – Red wine poached pear, vanilla pastry cream, toasted almonds, caramel, crispy sugar topping. (photo by Megan Stump)
The France-inspired booth for drinks. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Germany booth presents: Pork Schnitzel Slider. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Vegan Bratwurst and Beer Braised Onions. (photo by Michael Carelli)
“Austrinken!” (photo by Michael Carelli)
Spain booth presents: Paella Mixta – Saffron yellow rice, chorizo, squid, mussels, shrimp. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Charcuterie – A traditional platter of Spanish meats and cheese, olives, grapes, lavosh. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Leche Frita (V)- Crispy fried with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Belgium booth presents: Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise – Crispy seasoned fries with 3 dipping sauces: garlic vegenaise, andalouse, and joppiesaus. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Belgium drinks. (photo by Brandon Glover)
The Canada booth has taken over Kid Zone Pizza Company, and this is one place I could spend all my Tasting Lanyard credits at.
Canada! (photo by Brandon Glover)
Canada menu. (photo by Brandon Glover)
The little touches make all the difference. (photo by Brandon Glover)

The Canadian doughnut should look familiar to those that fondly remember Beaver Tails in EPCOT. If anyone wants to start a petition to make these a permanent addition to Universal or Disney, I’ll be the first to sign.

Nutella Doughnut – Fried sweetened dough, Nutella, sugar, chopped hazelnuts. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Beef Short Rib Poutine – Crispy fries with short rib, cheese curds, demi glaze (photo by @schmoofy)

# 1 – Mardi Gras Tribute Store

For several years running at Halloween Horror Nights, Universal created a Tribute Store that gave guests a true shopping “experience.” Last year, a Tribute Store was created for the first time for Mardi Gras. It was elaborately themed to the creepy and macabre side of N’awlins. This year the Mardi Gras Tribute Store is back and it is somehow even better. The store facade and entrance  is themed to a jazz parlor straight out of the 1920s, but the further you go into the store, the more “story” you see involving a pirate theme. This includes a nautical cemetery where sea captains were buried and a firefly-lit swamp, home of famed pirate Jean Lafitte’s long-lost ship “The Pride.” Of course, this is a store after all, so inside you’ll also find a bunch of Mardi Gras themed merchandise and snacks!

Tribute Store façade. (photo by Michael Carelli)
From concept to execution. (photo by @braddrinks)
(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Inside the Tribute Store. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Tribute Store theming. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The sheet music on display is for “When The Saints Go Marching In.” (photo by Hunter Underwood)
Tribute Store. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Tribute Store. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The nautical cemetery seems to have shout-out to the guest favorite “bead tree” of Universal Orlando.

(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Tribute Store. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
(photo by @bioreconstruct)
A tree filled with beads… (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This crypt design features some intersting references.

Tribute Store. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Tribute Store. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Reference to Universal Orlando’s own Bill Davis. (photo by @TheDCLblog)

Much to my heart’s joy, this year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store followed HHN’s footsteps with two different “mold-a-matic” machines.

Wax skull machine. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Wax skull. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Wax skull back. (photo by @TheDCLblog)

The Tribute Store hallways have a lot of great details for a insanely in-depth pirate story going on.

Tribute Store. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Blueprint of Jean Lafitte’s lost ship. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Tribute Store. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
Pirate ship wax mold machine. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
Pirate ship wax mold. (photo by @TheDCLblog)

Here is a collection of all the wax mold figures offered by Universal to date.

(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Wax molds. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Photos of pirate captains. Generally speaking, any time you see a specific name or picture of a person in the Tribute Store it is referencing someone at Universal. It’s a great Easter Egg for those “in the know” but isn’t distracting for regular guests. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Jean Lafitte’s lost ship. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
(photo by @bioreconstruct)
So many great details abound. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Including a certain book that Beetlejuice fans might recognize…(photo by Michael Carelli)

One terrific detail is seen right before you leave the Tribute Store. This table features what on first glance looks to be some regular maps and drawings themed to pirates. However a closer look reveals that “Ile Nuage” is actually what many of us know as “Isla Nublar” from the Jurassic Park franchise. In Spanish, Nublar translates to “cloud.” In French, Nuage translates to “cloud.” At the bottom of the Ile Nuage map it also says “lezard dangereux.” I don’t even need a French translation to figure that one out!

Tribute Store. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Isla Nublar, home of Jurassic Park.

Bayou Bites is home to all the tasty treats you can get at the Tribute Store.

Bayou Bites. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Bayou Bites display case. (photo by @TheDCLblog)
King Cake. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Moon Pie. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Cross section of Moon Pie. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Gummy skulls. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

HONORABLE MENTION – Photo Ops

Around the park there are fun photo ops and “little touches” that really help the overall feel of the event. I’ve always loved Mardi Gras at Universal, but for many years it felt like most the event was contained to one area of the park. Similar to how Disney did an amazing job decorating Main Street USA for their Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas events, and then almost nothing else in any other Magic Kingdom land. The pandemic forced Universal to think outside the box, and because of it we get to experience Mardi Gras throughout USF and that is a much welcomed addition.

NOLA. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mardi Gras King and Queen. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Mardi Gras jesters. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Large Mardi Gras mask. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
Mardi Gras. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Love the little touch of hats being put on street lights. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Universal Orlando has been killing it when it comes to exclusive pins for Annual Passholders, and here is one featuring everyone’s favorite King Gator. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

So there you have it: Six Reasons we love Universal’s 2021 MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles covering the latest from the Disney Outlet Stores. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

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Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, artist @SonderQuest, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and “the Dadalorian” Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, charter member of the Universal Four @Nitro230, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

The BEAD TREE is BACK. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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