Musical Lineup Released for 2014 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

If there’s parade floats, bands, and beads, then it has to be Mardi Gras, but this isn’t New Orleans, this is the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration.  Each spring Universal Studios Florida stages their own Mardi Gras event featuring many of the same elements as the classic Big Easy blowout, including elaborate, hand-crafted floats built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that designs floats for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.  Continue reading for more details on the 2014 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras event including big name concerts with national acts such as Daughtry, the Barenaked Ladies, and Robin Thicke.  And remember, all concerts are included in the regular price of theme park admission.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

From Universal Orlando’s Press Release

Universal Orlando Resort 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.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

On select nights February 8 through May 31, guests will experience a “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida.  The celebration combines unmatched theme park entertainment with delectable Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands, an awe-inspiring parade and live concerts by some of today’s hottest artists.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

Photo by Kevin Kolczynski © 2012 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

 

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.  For the complete line-up, see below.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

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.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, including the concerts, is part of regular admission to Universal Studios.

2014 Headliner Acts Performing in the Music Plaza

FEB 8   DAUGHTRY
FEB 15  BARENAKED LADIES
FEB 16  THOMAS RHETT
FEB 22  ROBIN THICKE
MAR 1  COLLECTIVE SOUL
MAR 8 PRINCE ROYCE
MAR 14  CODY SIMPSON
MAR 15  FOREIGNER
MAR 21  TBD
MAR 22  GAVIN DEGRAW
MAR 28  TBD
MAR 29  TBD
APR 5  SKILLET
APR 12  LYNYRD SKYNYRD
APR 19 KOOL & THE GANG
MAY 3 NELLY
MAY 10 THE WANTED
MAY 17 TBD
MAY 24 TBD
MAY 31 TBD

Need more convincing?  Take a video peek at opening night of the 2013 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration captured by John Saccheri.

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