Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando kicks off Saturday with four band new floats plus performance by Lifehouse


Universal Orlando is getting ready for the biggest bash this side of the Bayou. It’s Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida, which will run each Saturday night plus select Friday and Sunday nights from February 9th until April 20th. Guests can rock out to live music, enjoy traditional Cajun food, plus catch beads in the Mardi Gras Parade.

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

Mardi Gras will kick off this Saturday, February 9th, where guests can see four brand new Mardi Gras floats for the parade, plus a performance by Lifehouse.

Some of Lifehouse’s popular songs include “Hanging By A Moment”, “You and Me”, and “Whatever It Takes”. Music by Lifehouse has been featured on several TV shows, including “Scrubs”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “Smallville”, plus the movie, “The Time Traveler’s Wife”.

“You and Me” by Lifehouse:

Event schedule for February 9:

French Quarter Opens – 4pm
Mardi Gras Parade – 7:45pm
Lifehouse Concert – 8:30pm

Universal released a sneak peek at the brand new floats for this year’s celebration, which were inspired by “Colorful Cultures From Around the World”. Brand new this year is…

Music of New Orleans:

With a French Quarter-style balcony and jazz musicians galore, the newly-enhanced ÒMusic of New OrleansÓ float at Universal OrlandoÕs 2013 Mardi Gras parade showcases the musical impact the Big Easy.

Elegance of India:

The all-new ÒElegance of IndiaÓ float at Universal OrlandoÕs 2013 Mardi Gras parade celebrates the magic of Bollywood, complete with exotic fabrics and hypnotic dances of color and light.

 Chinese New Year:

The all-new ÒChinese New YearÓ float at Universal OrlandoÕs 2013 Mardi Gras parade celebrates the beginning of the Chinese calendar year, complete with traditional paper lanterns and a huge, ornate dragon flying above.

 Mexican Day of the Dead:

The all-new ÒMexican Day of the DeadÓ float at Universal OrlandoÕs 2013 Mardi Gras parade pays homage to the traditional holiday celebrated in Mexico, complete with a skeletal bride and groom, sugar skulls and a light fog trail.

These four new floats will join the existing line up of floats, including “King Gator”, “The Riverboat”, “King and Queen”, and more.

Planning a trip to Universal Orlando specifically for Mardi Gras? Read our helpful Guide to Mardi Gras 2013.

For more information about Universal Orlando or to purchase tickets, visit the official website.