Video I took of 2010 Universal Studios Mardi Gras parade
Thinking about heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Why not check out the celebration at Universal Studios, instead? Come on down to warm, sunny Florida and enjoy some spicy Cajun cuisine, awesome music, and an amazing parade at Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2011 party.
This year Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2011 party is Every Saturday and select nights from February 12th – April 23rd. The Mardi Gras parade is at dusk while the Mardi Gras concerts are February 12 – April 9: 8:30 pm and April 16 & 23: 9:30pm.
It’s going to be the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. outside the Big Easy! The food here will tempt the most jaded gourmet – authentic Cajun and Creole dishes that include main courses, desserts, and snacks.
Dive into some shrimp gumbo or some jambalaya, and sink your teeth into a crusty beignet. Be sure to come hungry; you’ll want to try some of everything. And don’t forget to order a Hurricane to go with your meal.
You’ll enjoy some top bands and artists performing hip-hop, rock, pop, country, and R & B at this years Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2011 concerts. Musicians direct from New Orleans will be supplying all the sounds made famous in the Crescent City, including some sultry blues and some riveting Zydeco. Don’t just sit there – kick off your shoes and cut a rug!
Concert update! Thirty Seconds to Mars has been moved to April 23rd from March 19th. The band playing March 19th will be The Roots.
Universal Studios Mardi Gras concerts performers for each night:
Saturday Feb. 12th
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Saturday Feb. 19th
Sunday Feb. 20th
KC and the Sunshine band
Saturday Feb. 26th
Saturday March 5th
Saturday March 12th
Friday March 18th
Saturday March 19th
Friday March 25th
Saturday March 26th
Friday April 1st
Saturday April 2nd
Saturday April 9th
Saturday April 16th
The Beach Boys
Saturday April 23rd
Thirty Seconds to Mars
The climax of the event is the Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2011 parade. Confetti will fill the air as you watch the spectacular floats, dancers, dazzling costumes, stilt walkers, and street performers.
You’ll get plenty of opportunities to catch some beads and some doubloons, too. To really get in the Fat Tuesday mood, stop in one of the gift shops for a feather boa, a mask, or a jester hat.
The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the aromas, and the overall atmosphere at the festivities are almost like being in the Big Easy. If you have kids along, Mardi Gras at Universal is much more kid-friendly than it’s counterpart in New Orleans. Even so, it’s still a heck of a party!
So check out this years Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2011 parade, party and concerts Every Saturday and select nights from February 12th – April 23rd. It’s included with regular park admission!