Mardi Gras is returning to Universal Orlando for another extended stay. On select nights Feb. 7 through April 18, guests will experience a family-friendly version of the “N’awlins”-inspired festival at Universal Studios Florida. Guests can top off their day in the theme parks with delicious Cajun cuisine, an awe-inspiring parade and a live concert. I’ve never had the opportunity to attend Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando but I have heard it is a lot of fun. This year I’d love to attend on March 14 to see one of my favorite 80s band perform!
This year’s exhilarating concert lineup features an array of talent with something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include English pop sensation Jessie J, who’s known for her hits “Price Tag” and “Bang Bang,” “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, and reggaeton superstar Yandel, who has had three songs reach the Top 10 Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart and a No. 1 album on the Top Latin Albums chart. Also performing is R&B artist Trey Songz, award-winning American country group The Band Perry, and the rock group American Authors, whose single “Best Day of My Life” was named the No.1 most played song in 2014 on Adult Pop Radio.
2015 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Talent-Lineup
Mardi Gras Event Dates & Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza)
- February 7 – Olivia Newton-John
- February 14 – Jessie J
- February 15 – Barenaked Ladies
- February 21 – Kelly Clarkson
- February 28 – Heart
- March 7 – Trace Adkins
- March 13 – TBD
- March 14 – Styx
- March 15 – American Authors
- March 20 – Becky G
- March 21 – Yandel
- March 22 – The B-52s
- March 28 – TBD
- April 4 – The All-American Rejects
- April 11 – The Band Perry
- April 18 – Trey Songz
Guests will also have the opportunity to catch handfuls of colorful beads during this year’s rockin’ parade. The 12 exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats were 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 including Gumbo and New Orleans’ infamous Beignets, prepared fresh and hot. Guests will also get a chance to see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.
The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. Guests can take advantage of an exclusive vacation package including the all-new Cabana Bay Beach Resort which starts at $139 per adult, per night, tax inclusive and includes 4-night on-site hotel accommodations, 2 day Park-to-Park ticket with the 3rd day free, Early Park Admission and more. For more information on the exclusive vacation package and Mardi Gras listing, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.
Have you ever been to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando? Would you like to go this year? Which band would you like to see?