Every spring, New Orleans comes to Orlando for the loudest, brightest and most exciting party of the year and, this year, it’s no different. From February 4th to March 24th this year, the colourful floats, bead-throwers, international performing artists and dancers that make up the Mardi Gras parade and show will take centre stage at the park after the sun goes down.
Last week, the news was finally released on which international performing artists would be headlining this year’s party. Opening the event on the 4th February will be country music legend Trace Adkins, leading acts such as Ne-Yo, Fifth Harmony, Kool and the Gang and Jason Derulo who will each headline the party on a different night during Mardi Gras season. Closing the party with a bang on the 25th March will be pop-punk band The All-American Rejects.
Here is the full line-up if you’re visiting during this time:
- February 4: Trace Adkins
- February 11: Ne-Yo
- February 18: Collective Soul
- February 19: X Ambassadors
- February 25: Fifth Harmony
- March 4: Kool & the Gang
- March 5: Olivia Newton-John
- March 11: UB40
- March 12: Toby Keith
- March 18: Jason Derulo
- March 19: Earth, Wind & Fire
- March 25: The All-American Rejects
All of these great acts are included absolutely free with your standard admission ticket, so if there’s more than one artist on the list you’d like to see, it’s a great idea to use your flexible Universal Orlando 14-day ticket to come back for a second or even third time during your holiday to catch these amazing shows – even if you only return to the park after dark!
As well as taking in these amazing acts, there’s plenty of other events to enjoy during Mardi Gras, including the incredible parade which also takes place on every date above. During the parade, elaborately decorated and bright coloured dancers entertain guests from aboard the most incredible floats – throwing out colourful beads for parade watches to catch and wear. All of this set to the iconic music of the New Orleans scene, which is guaranteed to get you in the mood to dance.
Don’t miss the chance to try out some authentic New Orleans gumbo or creole chicken in the French quarter of the park either – it’s definitely worth setting aside an evening to eat in the park and get a real ‘taste’ of the celebrations.
This family friendly event is included absolutely free with your Universal Orlando or Universal Orlando combo ticket. To book, click here.
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