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Fat Tuesday may be over but Universal Orlando is still celebrating the street festival with its annual Mardi Gras celebration. Guests are invited to experience the many sights and sounds of Bourbon Street like parades, floats, millions of beads, bands and of course authentic Cajun food.

Universal’s French Courtyard is home to some of New Orleans famous Cajun and creole cuisine. Here’s where you’ll find red beans and rice, andouille sausage, po’ boys and the popular dessert, beignets.

Cajun Sampler – There are so many flavors to take in during Mardi Gras it’s always hard to choose where to start first. Thankfully the Cajun Sampler gives you a bit of everything including Jambalaya, Shrimp Gumbo and Andouille Sausage.

Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich – Po’ Boys is a sandwich nicknamed for “poor boys” and was first made in New Orleans using simple ingredients for an inexpensive lunch. The Shrimp Po’ Boy at Universals Mardi Gras is a pretty good attempt at the original sandwich. The french bread is both soft and crunchy, the fried shrimp is warm, crispy and tender and the spicy mayonnaise gives the whole thing a little heat.

Red Beans and Rice and the Andouille Sausage Po’ Boy Sandwich – Red Beans and rice are a staple in New Orleans so it’s only fitting to try some during Mardi Gras. The same goes for Andouille Sausage. If you want to make it unique add it to a po’ boy sandwich topped with peppers and onions. This dish is one of our favorite ways to eat New Orleans best foods.

Grilled Chicken Muffuletta Sandwich Platter – If you like olives and spice try the Grilled Muffuletta Sandwich. This dish includes Cajun seasoned chicken breast, jalapeño jack cheese, spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato and muffuletta olive dressing. The Platter comes with a side of crispy chips.

Fried Beignet Doughnuts – You can’t visit New Orleans or Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando without trying a beignet. The famous dessert is type of fried pastry covered in powdered sugar. Universal does an excellent job recreating the real thing. Your tastebuds won’t be sorry!