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Universal Orlando Gets the Party Started with Mardi Gras Festival

Universal Orlando Resort celebrates Mardi Gras with the biggest and best party east of New Orleans. Scheduled for February 12 through April 23, Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is included with your regular Universal Studios tickets.
The event features nationally renowned musical acts, an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of costumed performers, delicious Cajun cooking, and New Orleans bands that capture the spirit and sound of New Orleans, all at Universal Theme Parks in Orlando.
This year’s entertainment line-up includes some of the biggest names in rock, country, pop and R&B.; With a combined 100 songs on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, the headliners at Mardi Gras are sure to amaze the crowds and get the party started. Some of the highlights include performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neon Trees, The Beach Boys, Ne-Yo and Blake Shelton.
The world-famous parade at Mardi Gras Universal Orlando is highlighted by a dozen elaborate floats, hand-crafted and designed by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that creates the floats for the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. The parade will make its way through the streets of Universal Studios, along with costumed performers and float riders, all of whom throw beads along the way. The parade theme is Fire, Air, Water and Earth and will crown a nightly King and Queen of Mardi Gras.
The celebration continues in the French Quarter Courtyard where New Orleans inspired food and almost a dozen authentic New Orleans bands will perform the best in blues and jazz.
The full concert line-up at Mardi Gras is as follows:
Feb. 12: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Feb. 19: The B-52s
Feb. 20: KC & The Sunshine Band
Feb. 26: Pitbull
March 5: Lynyrd Skynyrd
March 12: Foreigner
March 18: Neon Trees
March 19: Thirty Seconds to Mars
March 25: OneRepublic
March 26: Blake Shelton
April 1: Sean Kingston
April 2: Ne-Yo
April 9: Lifehouse
April 16: The Beach Boys
All performances listed above are held at the Music Plaza. Some of the bands scheduled to perform at the French Quarter include Lil Malcolm & the House Rockets, J.J. Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts, and Lil Briand & The Zydeco Travelers.

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