Women performing onstage in elaborate costumes for the Kissimmee Carnival.

Carnival in Central Florida

You are here

Home  >  Blog  >  Carnival in Central Florida

Theme Parks

Oi, amigos brasileiros! Tudo bem?

This week I decided on my New Year's resolution (super late, I know): to get through all the Portuguese Duolingo modules. I would love to learn the language, but I've been too lazy about it in the past.

So as I ready myself for a trip to Brazil in the spring, armed with the words for "I am lost," "Call my mother," and "Send help," getting in touch with Brazilian culture is a must and I figured, why not have myself a Brazilian Carnival kind of day?

First stop: Lunch at Sabor Brazil Kissimmee

I can't party it up like it's 1985 without a full belly. This little, hole-in-the-wall buffet in Kissimmee left my mouth watering and taste buds doing the samba! I found everything from traditional, succulent picanha to chicken coxinha to colossal Brazilian hot dogs. Goodbye, 21 Day Fix diet.

Second stop: Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Now, before you go ahead and try to correct me by saying, "But Veronica, Mardi Gras and Carnival aren't the same thing!"

"Mardi Gras and Carnival are the same celebration: Though Mardi Gras technically refers only to Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras season actually begins on Epiphany, a Christian holiday celebrated on January 6 that is otherwise known as Three Kings Day or the Twelfth Day of Christmas. In Brazil and many other countries, this period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday is known as Carnival. Whichever name you prefer to use, the revelries of Mardi Gras last until midnight tonight, when Ash Wednesday ushers in 40 days of Lent."

Booyah! Thanks for backing me up, History.com.

With 14 concerts lighting up the stage; 1.7 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers and great food-Mardi Gras is a Universal Orlando tradition like no other.

Third stop: Dinner, Dancing and Drinks at Mango's Tropical Café

From the moment I walked in, Mango's Tropical Café's larger-than-life décor left me breathless. Comfy couches, caipirinhas, mojitos and giant palm trees took me to the shores of Lopes Mendes Beach. But once the lights dimmed and the music began, I was in the streets of Rio, mesmerized by the costumes, the feathers and the quick legs and feet of the samba dancers.

Don't miss out on the fun! Make Kissimmee a part of your next family vacation. Click here for more things to do in our sunny destination.

Travel Tricks & Insider Tips

A couple walks hand in hand in nature in Kissimmee, Florida

Eco-Friendly Kissimmee: 4 Must-Visit Attractions

October 10, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
Interested in ecotourism? We’re shining the (energy-efficient) spotlight on a few of Kissimmee environmentally friendly attractions.
Continue Reading

Fall 2019: Foodie's Guide to Kissimmee

October 02, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
From craft beers and scary cocktails to worldly bites and Oktoberfest delights, Kissimmee has everything you need to pumpkin spice up your Central Florida family vacation this fall.
Continue Reading

Getting Spooky in Kissimmee: 5 Hair-Raising Vacation Activities

September 26, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
If a little fright is your idea of fun, check out these hair-raising activities during your upcoming Kissimmee vacation.
Continue Reading
Aerial shot of buildings, pink walkways, and trees

How to Travel to All the Major Theme Parks from Kissimmee

September 21, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
Planning on visiting our world-famous theme parks during your visit to Kissimmee? Here's the best routes to take to ensure plenty of time for fun.
Continue Reading
A Child Explores the Educational Exhibits at WonderWorks

Kissimme-E=mc2: A Fun & Educational Vacation in Kissimmee

September 13, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
Looking a vacation that perfectly blends entertainment and education for the entire family? If our calculations are correct, you'll find it in Kissimmee!
Continue Reading

FEAR AND FRIGHT AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

September 10, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
Don't be frightened as we walk you through this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.
Continue Reading