Universal Orlando Resort Announces Powerhouse Musical Lineup For 2013 Mardi Gras Celebration Mardi Gras Brings 14 Nights of Electrifying Live Concerts - Including Demi Lovato, Phillip Phillips and Pitbull - a Dazzling Parade, Cajun Cuisine and Tons of Beads

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras 2013 is combining a stellar lineup of high-energy performances featuring some of the most sought-after names in music with the exciting spirit of the famed "N'awlins" celebration.

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On select nights Feb. 9 through April 20, guests will let the good times roll as they experience an authentic, family-friendly version of the Mardi Gras bash at Universal Studios Florida. The event couples unparalleled theme park entertainment with a dazzling parade, authentic New Orleans musicians, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, tons of glittering Mardi Gras beads and live concerts by high-profile artists.

This year's talent lineup features an incredible variety of music, ranging from Americana rock to soulful R&B to upbeat pop to Latin rhythms. Guests can return night after night to hear their favorite performers, including internationally-renowned rapper Pitbull – whose number-one single, "Give Me Everything," was named "Top Radio Song" in the 2012 Billboard Music Awards; 2012 People's Choice Award-winner Demi Lovato for "Favorite Pop Artist;" season 11 winner of "American Idol," Phillip Phillips whose hit song, "Home," was certified double-platinum; chart-topping country duo Montgomery Gentry, with top hits like "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" and "Back When I Knew It All;" teen heartthrob Austin Mahone; and alternative rock band Matchbox Twenty, whose latest studio album, "North," debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. For the complete line-up, see below.

Before enjoying the live concerts, guests can dance along with dozens of energetic street performers and collect beads by the handful as the Mardi Gras parade winds through Universal Studios.  This year's parade celebrates "Colorful Cultures Around the World," featuring all-new float additions inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year and Elegance of India. The parade's elaborate, hand-crafted floats are built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that designs floats for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando's very own French Quarter Courtyard. Partygoers can enjoy the soulful sounds of authentic New Orleans bands that travel straight from The Big Easy to perform Blues, Jazz and Zydeco music. And the irresistible smells of authentic Cajun cuisine will fill the French Quarter as guests taste an array of delicious New Orleans fare, including jambalaya, gumbo, beignets and more.

The excitement of Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras is included with admission to Universal Studios. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

About Universal Orlando Resort
There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure:  Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It's the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D.

Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.

2013 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP

Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

New Orleans Bands

(performing in the French Quarter)

Saturday, February 9

Lifehouse

John Lisi & Delta Funk!

Saturday, February 16

Steve Miller Band

The Dirty Bourbon River Show

Sunday, February 17

Boys Like Girls

The Dirty Bourbon River Show

Saturday, February 23

Trey Songz

Colin Lake

Saturday, March 2

Demi Lovato

Beth McKee

Saturday, March 9

Montgomery Gentry

Gravy

Friday, March 15

Sean Kingston

Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers

Saturday, March 16

Matchbox Twenty

Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers

Friday, March 22

Austin Mahone

The Soul Project NOLA

Saturday, March 23

Phillip Phillips

The Soul Project NOLA

Saturday, March 30

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Big Al & the Heavyweights

Saturday, April 6

TBD

Mississippi Rail Company

Saturday, April 13

Pitbull

The Rockin' Jake Band

Saturday, April 20

TBD

Daddy Mack Blues Band

Guests can take advantage of this current special offer:

MARDI GRAS VACATION PACKAGE

3-Night Vacation Package

  • 3-night accommodations at a nearby Universal Partner Hotel
  • 2-day Base ticket with 3rd day FREE to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
  • PLUS Early Park Admission to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the rest of the general public
  • Complimentary scheduled transportation between hotel and Universal Orlando Resort
  • And more!
  • Starts at only $259 per adult, tax inclusive
  • Upgrade to one of three on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort and stay in the heart of the party!  Plus, receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day)

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