Nationally renowned musical acts combine with an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking, and hand-picked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans – all inside Universal Studios Florida.
Universal Orlando has been creating its special Mardi Gras celebration for more than 15 years – bringing the perfect combination of the Big Easy and spectacular theme park entertainment to its guests all for the price of regular admission.
“If you can’t be in New Orleans or if you can’t get enough of Mardi Gras, then Universal Orlando is the place to be,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “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.”
This year’s special Mardi Gras concert line-up features some of the biggest names in Rock, Country, Pop and R&B. Together, the headliners have had more than 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and more than 20 Grammy nominations. Performers include Pitbull, also known as “Mr. 305,” who will perform songs from his hit album, “Rebelution,” Neon Trees, who will perform their hit “Animal,” One Republic and country-super-star Blake Shelton. Also performing will be Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys and Ne-Yo. For a complete list of this year’s performers and dates, see below.
Along with top-name talent comes the world-famous parade - straight from the streets of New Orleans. One-dozen elaborate, hand-crafted floats designed and built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that creates floats for New Orleans Mardi Gras – will make their way through the streets of Universal Studios along with dozens of colorfully costumed performers and hundreds of float riders – all of whom throw beads to eager guests. The parade, with its Fire, Air, Water, Earth theme, also features music and a nightly King and Queen of Mardi Gras.
Nearby, in the Universal Studios “French Quarter Courtyard,” the celebration continues. This area will feature New Orleans-inspired food creations by Universal’s chefs – including jambalaya, Po Boy sandwiches and more. And nearly one-dozen hand-picked, authentic New Orleans bands will perform the best of The Big Easy’s Blues, Jazz and Zydeco.
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ MARDI GRAS CONCERT SERIES
2011 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP
Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza)
Saturday, February 12 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Saturday, February 19 The B-52s
Sunday, February 20 KC & The Sunshine Band
Saturday, February 26 Pitbull
Saturday, March 5 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Saturday, March 12 Foreigner
Friday, March 18 Neon Trees
Saturday, March 19 Thirty Seconds To Mars
Friday, March 25 OneRepublic
Saturday, March 26 Blake Shelton
Friday, April 1 Sean Kingston
Saturday, April 2 Ne-Yo
Saturday, April 9 Lifehouse
Saturday, April 16 The Beach Boys
Saturday, April 23 To Be Announced
*Mardi Gras is included as part of regular admission to Universal Studios.