Universal Orlando Resort Unveils Star-Studded Musical Lineup For 2014 Mardi Gras Celebration

This Year's Mardi Gras Celebration Delivers More Excitement Than Ever Before With an Extended Concert Series Featuring Robin Thicke, Nelly, The Wanted and More

Jan 15, 2014, 13:36 ET from Universal Orlando Resort

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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On select nights Feb. 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.

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 "Corazon 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.

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.

The excitement of Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida, where partygoers can also join Optimus Prime in the fight to save Earth on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D or visit Springfield, home to The Simpsons, to take an intergalactic spin on Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl. With an upgraded park-to-park ticket, guests will have the opportunity to visit Universal Orlando's second theme park, Islands of Adventure, and enjoy award-winning attractions like: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and more.

In addition to two theme parks, Universal Orlando Resort is home to three on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and a fourth on-site hotel, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, opening March 31, 2014. And its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers some of the hottest, most recognizable entertainment experiences in the world.

For more information and a full concert listing, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

About Universal Orlando Resort
Vacation like you mean it at Universal Orlando Resort - where every heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts.  With two incredible theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex, Universal Orlando is the only place where you can turn spending time with your family into spending time as a family.  Together, you can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, become a Minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and join Optimus Prime in the fight to save mankind on the new mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D. 

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Mardi Gras Event Dates


(performing in the Music Plaza)

New Orleans Bands

(performing in the French Quarter)

February 8


Remedy Krewe

February 15

Barenaked Ladies

Soul Project

February 16

Thomas Rhett

Soul Project

February 22

Robin Thicke

Rockin Jake

March 1

Collective Soul

Big Al and The Heavyweights

March 8

Prince Royce

Daddy Mac Blues Band

March 14

Cody Simpson

Mississippi Rail Company

March 15


Mississippi Rail Company

March 21


The Big Easy Playboys

March 22

Gavin DeGraw

The Big Easy Playboys

March 28


Dirty Bourbon River Show

March 29


Dirty Bourbon River Show

April 5


John Lisi and Delt Funk

April 12

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Beth McKee & The Sliders

April 19

Kool & the Gang


May 3


Chris O'Leary

May 10

The Wanted

T Bird & The Breaks

May 17


Grady Champion

May 24


Cha Wa

May 31


Naughty Professor

Guests can take advantage of this current special offer:

SAVE & Play Vacation Package

SAVE up to

$500* with

an On-Site



- Deluxe On-site Hotel Accommodations at one of

three AAA Four Diamond Award on-site hotels

- Theme Park Admission

- Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of

Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens

- Complimentary on-site transportation via water taxi

or shuttle bus to both theme parks and Universal


- 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)

- Book by March 31 and use promotion

code UNIPLAY at time of purchase

to save!

- Valid for travel January 1 - May 22,


* Restrictions may apply. Visit http://www.universalorlando.com for additional vacation package details.

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