Mardi Gras Universal Studios FloridaBy Farrah Hedwat

Mardi Gras is a huge celebration which comes round each year on the day before Ash Wednesday. It’s renowned for its eccentricity, music and socialising, perhaps the most well-known location of this celebration taking place in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Although, in the UK we celebrate this event as Shrove Tuesday, by eating loads of pancakes, it is essentially a Christian celebration. It’s no wonder why Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, being the day before confession, where people eat lots of fatty, rich foods.

The US celebrate Mardi Gras with a bit more noise however and has been a bit of cultural heritage over there, so much so that it has spread, from the South, to the whole country, which now includes Universal Orlando Resort joining in with the party.

2012 sees the first ever Mardi Gras carnival being hosted by Universal Studios in Orlando and they are sparing no expense. Taking place on Saturdays starting from February 11 running right through to April 14 2012 and we can expect all the glitz and glamour for every one of them.

The Line-up

The concerts will have a whole host of famous bands playing in their carnival starting with the B-52’s rocking their 1989 classic ‘Love Shack’. Then it’s Kelly Clarkson and R&B group Boyz II Men taking the lime light for the other remaining dates for February. Let’s not forget Diana Ross, who is sure to be a huge hit for Mardi Gras, will be performing on the 25th February singing classics such as ‘Ain’t no Mountain High Enough’ and ‘Love Hangover’

March will feature just as many stars and celebrities with the Goo Goo Dolls om the 3rd and Big Time Rush on the 10th. Finally J Cole will perform on the 16th, Sugar Ray on the 17th, Hot Chelle Rae on the 23rd and B.o.B on the 24th. That month will be rounded off with the Plain White T’s on the 30th and Prince Royce on the 31st.

Phew, that’s a lot of entertainment, but we’ve still got one more month to go! Universal Orlando Resort will be inviting Cyndi Lauper and KC & The Sunshine Band to perform for April. That’s a lot of music artists for one big carnival.

The Costumes

There’s no doubt Universal will use their very own designed floats for the carnival and they’re going to be as outrageous as the atmosphere, but that’s not all they will be showing off. Universal Orlando Resort has hundreds of cast members taking part in the celebrations, each donning a spectacular costume. The theme this year is exotic places, so many of the outfits will reflect this with dancers dressed as humming birds from the rainforest and more traditional costumes such as kings and queens.

Winding through the streets of the Universal Studios sets, guests will get front row seats to a fantastic new display of eccentricity and fun.

About the Author:

Farrah Hedwat -FloridaTix

Farrah is the copywriter at FloridaTix, a UK based website providing tickets for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld and other Orlando attractions. From offers and promotions to the latest news on the parks, FloridaTix is everything and anything about Florida and Orlando attractions.

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