Mardi Gras 2017 Kicks off at Universal Orlando February 4

Mardi Gras 2017 Kicks off at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando gets ready to kick off their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring headliner concerts on February 4. It will run daily through March 25, 2017.

Enjoy Cajun cuisine and drinks, music, and a parade through the park with floats of bead throwers. During this time period, Universal Studios Florida brings the Mardi Gras celebration to Orlando.

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3 Doors Down to Rock Universal Orlando Mardi Gras March 20

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras continues this weekend with a performance by the multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down on Sunday, March 20.

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down broke big on the music scene with their debut 1996 album The Better Life. It went six-times platinum, largely based on the hit single, “Kryptonite.” They went on to have a slew of hit Top 20 singles, including “When I’m Gone,” “It’s Not My Time” and “Here Without You.”

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Universal Orlando Announces Concert Line-Up For Mardi Gras 2015

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

One of the most popular events at Universal Orlando is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, and a big part of that are the concerts by headlining acts of all genres.

Universal Orlando has just released the headliner concert line-up for this year’s Mardi Gras, which will run from February 7 to April 18, on Saturdays, as well as select Fridays and Sundays. There are still a few dates to be filled, but this year’s acts span the gamut from current hit chart-toppers to classic music acts.

Get ready to plan your visits to Universal’s Mardi Gras, because here is the list of headliners:

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Universal Orlando Reschedules Singer Robin Thicke for June 7, 2014

Robin ThickeSinger Robin Thicke has been rescheduled by Universal Orlando for June 7, which will also extend the park’s Mardi Gras celebrations by one week.

Thicke, who had a major hit last year with “Blurred Lines,” was supposed to perform on February 22, but cancelled the day before claiming he had lost his voice. It was later found out that it was due to problems in his family life that are now tabloid fodder.

At any rate, the parade will start that night at 8:15pm, followed by Robin Thicke on stage at 9pm. Mardi Gras festivities are included in regular park admission.

For more information, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

Robin Thicke Cancels Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Appearance

R&B singer Robin Thicke has cancelled his appearance at this weekend’s Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando.

Robin ThickeHe was scheduled to appear tomorrow, January 22, as the headliner at the theme park’s but cancelled this show and the one in Atlanta tonight due to illness.

In a statement, Thicke says “I never want to let down my fans but I have unfortunately lost my voice and cannot perform tomorrow night. I have been looking forward to going to Universal Studios in Orlando, and am very sorry that my concert there tomorrow now has to be canceled. I apologize to everyone.”

His concert will be rescheduled to a later date, but in the meantime, Universal will continue to hold tomorrow’s Mardi Gras, with the parade and a performance by an authentic New Orleans band.

For more information on Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

Universal Launches Mardi Gras 2014 With Star-Studded Musical Lineup Starting February 8

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Resort comes alive this spring with its annual Mardi Gras celebration, featuring 20 nights of concerts from the biggest names in music, starting February 8, 2014.

On select nights through May 31, guests will experience a “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida. There will be Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands, and an evening parade, all capped off with a concert by a headlining act. All rides will be operational, too.

Several dates are yet to be filled, but here is the current list of headliners:

  • Saturday, February 8: Daughtry
  • Saturday, February 15: Barenaked Ladies
  • Sunday, February 16: Thomas Rhett
  • Saturday, February 22: Robin Thicke
  • Saturday, March 1: Collective Soul
  • Saturday, March 8: Prince Royce
  • Friday, March 14: Cody Simpson
  • Saturday, March 15: Foreigner
  • Friday, March 21: A Great Big World
  • Saturday, March 22: Gavin DeGraw
  • Friday, March 28: Kelly Rowland
  • Saturday, March 29: Weezer
  • Saturday, April 5: Skillet
  • Saturday, April 12: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Saturday, April 19: Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, April 26: Mardi Gras is not scheduled for this evening
  • Saturday, May 3: Nelly
  • Saturday, May 10: The Wanted
  • Saturday, May 17: The Roots
  • Saturday, May 24: Cher Lloyd
  • Saturday, May 31: Huey Lewis and the News

Universal Mardi Gras is included with regular admission, and annual passes. There is also a special Florida Resident Mardi Gras ticket for $69.99, that is good for admission after 5pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

Universal Orlando Announces First Two Acts for 2014 Mardi Gras Celebration

One of the most popular annual events at Universal Orlando is their Mardi Gras celebration that takes place every spring, for several weeks.

Universal Orlando, Mardi GrasEach Saturday night, the event consists of a Mardi Gras parade, and a musical headliner who performs after the parade. It takes place in the Universal Studios side of Universal Orlando.

In 2014, the event will run from February 8 through May 31, and the park has announced its first two booked acts.

Robin Thicke had one of the biggest hits of the summer of 2013 with “Blurred Lines,” and he will perform on February 22.

Also announced is UK’s hit pop group, The Wanted, who will perform May 10, in support of their new cd, Word of Mouth, due out in November.

Boys Like Girls to Play Universal Orlando Mardi Gras on February 17

boyslikegirlsRock band Boys Like Girls will play a special Sunday night edition of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras on February 17, 2013.

The band formed in 2005, and quickly earned a following through massive touring, including the Vans Warped Tour. Among their hit singles are “The Great Escape,” “Love Drunk,” and “Two is Better Than One.”

In December 2012, Boys Like Girls released their newest album, Crazy World. It’s full of infectious pop rock songs, like the first single, “Be Your Everything,” and my favorite track, “Life of the Party.” I thought it was one of the best albums of 2012.

The concert, along with the Mardi Gras parade, are included with regular admission to Universal Studios, including annual passes. There is also a specially discounted “after 5pm” ticket available that will let you in for the Mardi Gras festivities.

To warm you up for the show, here is the video for “Be Your Everything”:



Lifehouse to Kick Off Universal Orlando Mardi Gras on February 9

lifehouseRock group Lifehouse will be the first band to play the 2013 edition of Universal Orlando’s annual Mardi Gras celebration, on February 9, 2013.

Lifehouse has had many chart hits, including “Hanging By a Moment,” “You and Me,” and “Halfway Gone.” In December, 2012, the band released their newest album, Almeria. The first single, “Between the Raindrops,” features Natasha Bedingfield, and the whole album is just as good.

The concert, along with the Mardi Gras parade, are included with regular admission to Universal Studios, including annual passes. There is also a specially discounted “after 5pm” ticket available that will let you in for the Mardi Gras festivities.

Here’s a video for Lifehouse’s new single “Between the Raindrops,” featuring Natasha Bedingfield:



Universal Orlando Announces 2013 Mardi Gras Headliner Entertainment Line-up

One of the most popular annual events at Universal Orlando‘s theme parks is their Mardi Gras celebration.

This year’s event runs on select nights from February 9 through April 20, 2013. In addition to the normal theme park attractions, guests will get to enjoy a nightly parade, authentic New Orleans musicians, Cajun cuisine and live concerts by high-profile artists.

UO just released the line-up for the 2013 headliners, and it includes a really good cross-section of music genres.

Here is the list:

  • Saturday, February 9 – Lifehouse
  • Saturday, February 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • Sunday, February 17 – Boys Like Girls
  • Saturday, February 23 – Trey Songz
  • Saturday, March 2 – Demi Lovato
  • Saturday, March 9 – Montgomery Gentry
  • Friday, March 15 – Sean Kingston
  • Saturday, March 16 – Matchbox Twenty
  • Friday, March 22 – Austin Mahone
  • Saturday, March 23 – Phillip Phillips
  • Saturday, March 30 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • Saturday, April 6 – Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, April 13 – Pitbull
  • Saturday, April 20 – The All-American Rejects

This line-up is subject to last minute changes. But as of right now, this is what you can expect for this year’s Mardi Gras headliners.

Mardi Gras is included with regular admission to Universal Studios, including tickets and annual passes.

For more information, or to buy admission tickets, visit universalorlando.com.

Universal Orlando Reveals Mardi Gras 2012 Concert Line-Up

Every year, one of the biggest events in Orlando is the Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando, and part of that is due to the concerts that take place.

This week, the theme park revealed the concert line-up for its 2012 festivities. They take place every Saturday, with the occcasional Friday and Sunday, and start out with a huge Mardi Gras parade followed by a concert from a big name headliner.

Here is the just released list of shows:

  • Feb. 11 – The B-52’s
  • Feb. 18 – Kelly Clarkson
  • Feb. 19 – Boyz II Men
  • Feb. 25 – Diana Ross
  • March 3 – Goo Goo Dolls
  • March 10 – Big Time Rush
  • March 16 – J Cole
  • March 17 – Sugar Ray
  • March 23 – Hot Chelle Rae
  • March 24 – B.o.B.
  • March 30 – Plain White T’s
  • March 31 – Prince Royce
  • April 7 – Cyndi Lauper
  • April 14 – KC & The Sunshine Band

I am disappointed that there aren’t any classic rock or country acts this year. There are plenty of contemporary acts this year, so I expect to see a younger crowd at most of the shows.

Admission is included in regular park admission for the day, and there is also an “After 5” discounted pass for those who just want to do Mardi Gras (though if you want to do any of the rides, you really do get a better deal paying for the whole day and doing the rides during the day and the Mardi Gras celebrations at night).

Following each night’s Mardi Gras festivities, you can use your park admission as a complimentary CityWalk Party Pass to access the clubs.

So you do you see any headliners that you’re excited about on this list? Let us know in comments.

Universal Orlando Announces 2011 Mardi Gras Concert Line-Up

One of the biggest events produced by Universal Orlando is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, and a big reason for that is the line-up of hit talent they book to play every weekend.

The park has released the listing of concerts that will happen during the upcoming 2011 Mardi Gras, which runs weekends from February 12 through April 23.

Here are the acts currently slated to perform:

  • Feb. 12: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Feb. 19: The B-52s
  • Feb. 20: KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Feb. 26: Pitbull
  • March 5: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • March 12: Foreigner
  • March 18: Neon Trees
  • March 19: The Roots
  • March 25: OneRepublic
  • March 26: Blake Shelton
  • April 1: Sean Kingston
  • April 2: Ne-Yo
  • April 9: Lifehouse
  • April 16: The Beach Boys
  • April 23: Thirty Seconds to Mars

Each of the concerts is preceded by a huge Mardi Gras parade featuring one dozen hand-crafted floats designed and built by Blaine Kern Artists, the company that creates floats for New Orleans’ infamous Mardi Gras. The parade’s theme this year is Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and also features music and a nightly King and Queen of Mardi Gras.

All of this is included with regular park admission, including annual passes.

For more information, visit the Mardi Gras section of Universal Orlando online.

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