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Universal Orlando Resort Kicks Off Biggest, Best Mardi Gras Celebration Outside of New Orleans


Top-Name National Music Talent, Authentic Mardi Gras Parade and Cuisine Straight from The Big Easy Make for the Ultimate Street Party Beginning Feb. 12

Orlando, Fla. (January 13, 2011) – It is the biggest, best, party in the country – and Universal Orlando Resort brings it straight from New Orleans to you this February 12 through April 23.

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 the attached.

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.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.





Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza)

New Orleans Bands (performing in the French Quarter)

Saturday, February 12

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Big Al & The Heavyweights

Saturday, February 19

The B-52s

Lil Malcolm & the House Rockers

Sunday, February 20

KC & The Sunshine Band

Lil Malcolm & the House Rockers

Saturday, February 26


John Lisi & Delta Funk

Saturday, March 5

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Grady Champion

Saturday, March 12


Honey Island Swamp Band

Friday, March 18

Neon Trees

J.J. Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts

Saturday, March 19

Thirty Seconds To Mars

J.J. Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts

Friday, March 25


Soul Project

Saturday, March 26

Blake Shelton

Soul Project

Friday, April 1

Sean Kingston

Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers

Saturday, April 2


Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers

Saturday, April 9


Rockin’ Jake

Saturday, April 16

The Beach Boys

Beth McKee & the Sliders

Saturday, April 23

To Be Announced

Daddy Mack Blues Band

Mardi Gras is included as part of regular admission to Universal Studios. Guests can take advantage of this special offer:


Mardi Gras Getaway

· 3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel

· 2-day Base ticket to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

· Early park admission to select attractions in Islands of Adventure

· Complimentary scheduled transportation from hotel to Universal Orlando Resort and more

· Starts at $239 per adult, tax inclusive

· Upgrade to an on-site hotel and receive complimentary Universal Express access to rides and attractions (a free benefit worth up to $87 per person, per day); and a private viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade

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