Universal Orlando releases line up for 2013 Mardi Gras


Throw me somethin mista! Universal’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration brings guests in Central Florida a taste of the Big Easy, with huge flavors, floats and concerts. Universal has released their line up of concerts this year, which is a very eclectic mix of musical tastes. This year features a huge line up with some of today’s biggest artists, classic favorites and up and coming performers. This year will also feature a new theme, with several new floats. It’s always a party, and always a great time.


This spring, guests can experience all the spirit and excitement of The Big Easy at Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras 2013.



Universal always has a habit of getting a varying group of performers for their Mardi Gras concerts, but this year’s concerts seem to go all over the map with rock, pop, country and even an up and coming performer. Mardi Gras happens select nights, and goes from January 9th all the way until April 20th.

On event nights, guests can venture into the French Quarter for authentic New Orleans cuisine and listen to bands direct from New Orleans. Then prepare to catch beads in a huge parade featuring authentic Mardi Gras floats, stilt walkers, performers, the King and Queen..and did we mention beads? Lots of beads. Immediately following the parade, guests can venture to Universal Music Plaza for a concert from one of the headlining acts.


Here is the line up for this year’s Mardi Gras. Headliners are the artists performing on the Music Plaza Stage while the New Orleans Bands perform before the parade and concert on the French Quarter stage.



Mardi Gras Event Dates


(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 Kool and the Gang Mississippi Rail Company
Saturday, April 13 Pitbull The Rockin’ Jake Band
Saturday, April 20 The All American Rejects Daddy Mack Blues Band











Demi Lovato, and Pitbull are coming out of huge years, which makes this is a huge lineup for Mardi Gras! There are still two dates that have not been announced yet, expect those closer to the start of the event. Every year Mardi Gras features a huge parade with amazingly detailed floats designed by renowned Blaine Kern Artists, the same design team that designs Mard Gras Floats in New Orleans. Each year several of the floats are changed to reflect a different theme. This year’s theme will celbrate “Colorful Cultures Around the World” with all new floats. The celebration will feature a Mexican Day of the Dead inspired float, Chinese New Year and Indian Elegance. Expect huge colorful costumes and decorations for each of these floats.

As always, Mardi Gras at Universal is included with your daily admission. There are several great ways to experience the festivities, but guests can also take advantage of this special offer:



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)


Mardi Gras kicks off February 9th at Universal Studios Florida!

For more information on Mardi Gras, including tickets, visit the official Universal Orlando Mardi Gras site!