Universal Orlando finally released the music line-up for this year’s Mard Gras Celebration, and with just a short month away the party will begin! On select nights starting Feb. 6 through April 16 you’ll have the chance to listen to some great music, eat amazing New Orleans cuisine, and see some of the most colorful parade floats imaginable.
For those that don’t already know this…….I’m from New Orleans or “N’awlins” and growing up I remember the sounds and smells of one of the craziest parties you will ever see, Mardi Gras! It was a tradition to attend every parade, scream as loud as you could for beads, and eat as much king cake as possible! Mardi Gras comes as a very close second as my favorite holiday! Now let’s throw (see what I did there!?) Mardi Gras and my favorite theme park together and you get Universal Orlando’s family friendly version of New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebration!
Just take a look at what Universal Orlando Resort’s have to say about this year’s event:
“Get your fill of authentic Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music. And this year’s concert line-up is a must-see with something for everyone to enjoy.”
If THAT doesn’t excite you then just wait until you see the concert line-up and the headliners! This year one of the main headliners include one of rock music’s best-selling bands, Fall Out Boy! I just screamed! I love them! Next headliner is the record breaking teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes. Are you a fan of the 60’s? If so this next headliner will sure to bring back the memories, the legendary singer Diana Ross will be joining the party! Last but not least a few more “WOW” entertainers headlining the event is GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Jessie J and country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes.
February 6: Hunter Hayes
February 13: Diana Ross
February 14: Barenaked Ladies
February 20: Nate Ruess
February 27: Fall Out Boy
March 5: Kool & the Gang
March 12: The Fray
March 13: Adam Lambert
March 19: Shawn Mendes
March 20: 3 Doors Down
March 26: REO Speedwagon
April 2: T-Pain
April 9: Jessie J
April 16: Yandel
Any foodies out there? New Orleans has some of the best cuisine in the world, and I’m not just being bias, it’s really THAT GOOD! You’ll get a chance to taste some authentic New Orleans cuisine at the French Quarter Courtyard. A real “MUST TRY” is the gumbo all while listening to some jazz music and bands from Bourbon Street.
Now we’ve talked about the music, we’ve talked about the amazing food! Now let’s talk about the REAL show. The reason Mardi Gras is as symbolic and memorable, the parades!
Growing up in New Orleans you knew the name, Blaine Kern. This is the company that has been hand-crafting all of the floats for New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebration since 1947, and they have also engineered floats for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration.
This year’s parade will feature four new floats that celebrate the different cultures and festivals from around the world—Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.
Along with the floats you will have BEADS! More than 1.7 million beads, give or take a few, in this year’s celebration. Go prepared to catch beads by the handfuls!
I know you are wondering how much is this amazing celebration? Well good news is you can experience it all with your annual pass or your theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida.
You have just a few more weeks before you can experience this amazing event, but rooms are selling out fast. For more information about planning a magical Universal Orlando vacation before it’s too late contact me anytime. I would love to help you plan the best vacation ever!
I hope you enjoy the event and what we like to say in Nawlins, “Laissez les bons temps rouler OR Let the Good Times Roll!”
My name is Leigh Saleh. I’m a Travel Agent with World of Magic Travel. I’m a Universal Orlando Specialist, SeaWorld Parks Specialist, Legoland Florida Specialist and a Disney Destination Specialist as well as many more destinations including cruise lines. Email me today at email@example.com to book your next “Magical” family vacation to your favorite destination.
**The Official photographs provided by Universal Orlando**