Grab your beads because it’s Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando! The theme park comes alive this spring with its Mardi Gras 2014 celebration, featuring 20 nights of electrifying concerts from the biggest names in music, coupled with the essence of the legendary Bayou bash.
On select nights Feb. 8 through May 31, guests will experience a “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida. The celebration combines theme park entertainment with yummy Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands, an awe-inspiring parade and live concerts by some of today’s hottest artists.
This year’s powerhouse musical lineup features a diverse array of talent, from R&B superstar Robin Thicke, whose hit single “Blurred Lines” topped the Billboard chart for a near-record 12 weeks, to UK pop sensation The Wanted, who has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide, to Latin idol Prince Royce, who reached number one on the U.S. Hot Latin Songs chart with “Corazón Sin Cara.” Also performing is rock band Daughtry, Grammy award-winning Hip Hop artist Nelly, and the classic rock group Foreigner, one of the best-selling bands of all time.
On concert nights guests can also catch colorful beads by the handful during this year’s parade, which will feature 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in Eighty Days.” All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. Plus, guests can visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.
FULL Schedule Below:
|February 8||Daughtry||Remedy Krewe|
|February 15||Barenaked Ladies||Soul Project|
|February 16||Thomas Rhett||Soul Project|
|February 22||Robin Thicke (re-scheduled below)||Rockin Jake|
|March 1||Collective Soul||Big Al and The Heavyweights|
|March 8||Prince Royce||Daddy Mac Blues Band|
|March 14||Cody Simpson||Mississippi Rail Company|
|March 15||Foreigner||Mississippi Rail Company|
|March 21||A Great Big Sea||The Big Easy Playboys|
|March 22||Gavin DeGraw||The Big Easy Playboys|
|March 28||Kelly Rowland||Dirty Bourbon River Show|
|March 29||Weezer||Dirty Bourbon River Show|
|April 5||Skillet||John Lisi and Delt Funk|
|April 12||Lynyrd Skynyrd||Beth McKee & The Sliders|
|April 19||Kool & the Gang||Gravy|
|May 3||Nelly||Chris O’Leary|
|May 10||The Wanted||T Bird & The Breaks|
|May 17||The Roots||Grady Champion|
|May 24||Cher Lloyd||Cha Wa|
|May 31||Huey Lewis||Naughty Professor|
|June 7||Robin Thicke||Music Plaza|
Schedule of Events:
- 4:00 p.m. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
- 7:45 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
- 8:30 p.m. – Live Concert Begins