Universal Orlando will be transformed into the "Big Easy" and kick off its annual one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration February 9, 2013. The ultimate street party continues select nights, through April 20. In addition, each week the Mardi Gras 2013 Concert Series showcases some of the world's hottest musical performers, including Demi Lovato, Matchbox Twenty and Pitbull.
The Mardi Gras 2013 Concert Series will also feature Boys Like Girls, Trey Songz, Phillip Phillips and more:
- Saturday, Feb 9 - Lifehouse
- Saturday, Feb 16 - Steve Miller Band
- Sunday, Feb 17 - Boys Like Girls
- Saturday, Feb 23 - Trey Songz
- Saturday, Mar 2 - Demi Lovato
- Saturday, Mar 9 - Montgomery Gentry
- Friday, Mar 15 - Sean Kingston
- Saturday, Mar 16 - Matchbox Twenty
- Friday, Mar 22 - Austin Mahone
- Saturday, Mar 23 - Phillip Phillips
- Saturday Mar 30 - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
- Saturday, Apr 6 - Kool & The Gang
- Saturday, Apr 13 - Pitbull
- Saturday, Apr 20 - The All-American Rejects
Universal's Mardi Gras fuses the party atmosphere of the famous New Orleans' festival with the opportunity to experience the over-the-top theme park attractions that Universal Orlando is known for. The result is an event that includes one of the largest parades in Florida, confetti, New Orleans-style cuisine and... beads, beads and more beads!
Everyone will agree that the centerpiece of Mardi Gras is the parade. For more than 15 years the parade has been the centerpiece of Universal's Mardi Gras celebration. This year, elaborately themed floats will take guests on a journey through the earth's different ecosystems, including bayous and swamps, rainforest, coral reefs, the deep blue sea and polar regions.
Of course, the party wouldn't be complete without the taste of authentic Cajun and Creole classics such a jambalaya, gumbo and beignets, which are sure to tempt the palate of Mardi Gras partiers. And, along with mouth-watering food, guests can sip on party drinks made famous in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras is included in admission to Universal Studios. Guests can save by purchasing tickets online in advance. Visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.Use these tips for visiting Universal Orlando in February to help you plan your vacation.