Universal Studios has been hosting its Mardi Gras celebration for fifteen years running and is yet to disappoint its party goers. The parade has everything you’d expect from one of the most talked about Mardi Gras parades and more; a class ‘A’ concert line up, the most extravagant and imaginative of street entertainment, wonderfully colourful costumed performers and of course, not forgetting the infamous Mardi Gras beads that visitors collect throughout the night.
Universal Studios truly knows how to stage a party, for Mardi Gras the movie inspired theme park transforms into the state that’s got soul, bringing the New Orleans spirit to the heart of Florida. Almost a dozen of the Big Easy’s Blues, Jazz and Zydeco artist’s sounds fill the streets of Universal Studios’ very own French Quarter, accompanied with a spread of authentic Creole and Cajun New Orleans influenced soul food. ‘We bring all of what makes Mardi Gras great together with national-level musical artists to create a family-friendly celebration that fills the entire theme park,’ says Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort.
This year’s special Mardi Gras concert line-up features some of the biggest names in Rock, Country, Pop and R&B. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras celebration, it is customary for the park to feature performances from major music mega stars. Previous years have seen performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Cheryl Crow and The Beach Boys. This year you can expect to see a show stopping performance from Grammy award winning artist Ne-yo, as well as The B52’s, Pitbull and The Beach Boys. Together, the headliners have had more than 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and more than 20 Grammy nominations. Artist Lineup Itinerary Link
As if this wasn’t enough, it all happens amidst a carnival style parade of elaborately decorated floats, energetic dancers dressed in flamboyant costumes and all the fun and frolics you would expect to see at a Mardi Gras celebration. The festivities begin the 12th February and will continue till 23rd April.
If you want to take home some big, bright and bold memories then this is the place to be. Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is an electrifying phenomenon not to be missed.