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Universal’s Mardi Gras 2007
This year Universal are running their Mardi Gras extravaganza from the 2nd February – 14th April
There are several ways to enjoy and join in the festivities…
Firstly there are the concerts – these take place in the park.
Feb 3rd 8.30pm - Los Lonely Boys
Feb 10th 8.30pm – Donna Summer
Feb 17th 8.30pm – Huey Lewis and the News
Feb 24th 8.30pm – Taylor Hicks
Mar 3rd 8.30pm – Wynonna
Mar 10th 8.30pm - The Doobie Brothers
Mar 17th 8.30pm - The Temptations and The Four Tops
Mar 24th 8.30pm - Sean Paul
Mar 31st 8.30pm - Steve Miller Band
Apr 7th 8.30pm - Daughtry
Apr 14th 8.30pm - KC and the Sunshine Band
Then there are the spectacular parades which I believe are the highlight of Mardi Gras, these are on every Saturday through the Mardi Gras in February and March they start at 8.00pm and in April they start at 9.00pm
The parades set off and wind their way around the streets of Universal Studios, the float themes include, summer, winter, fall and spring, then there are the sun and moon floats. Some of the traditional Mardi Gras floats include the Riverboat, King and Queen, King Gator, Jester, Beauf gras as well as the Universal and Title floats.
As well as the floats there are dancers, street performers and stiltwalkers that all help to add to the party atmosphere. All the performers on the floats throw handfuls of colourful beads into the audience as they pass by.
In the French Quarter Courtyard there are yet more live musical performances to keep you entertained.
The show times for February and March are 5pm, 6.15pm and 7.15pm. The show times for April are 5pm, 6.15pm and 8pm
Feb 3rd - Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone
Feb 10th - T Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers
Feb 17th - Brian Lee and The Blues Power Band
Feb 24th - Billy Iuso and The Restless Natives
Mar 3rd - Lil Malcolm and The House Rockers
Mar 10th - Big Sams Funky Nation
Mar 17th - Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers
Mar 24th - Chris Klein and The Boulevards
Mar 31st - Lil’ Brian and The Zydeco Travellers
Apr 7th - Mem Shannon and the Membership
Apr 14th - Soul Project
And if all this music has made you hungry for authentic Cajun and Creole specialities then don’t forget to tuck into a lovely plate of Jambalaya or Shrimp Gumbo before you head on to the clubs at City Walk, which are open every night until 2am.
Your Mardi Gras ticket will get you free admission to select clubs at City Walk including Pat O’Brien’s which is an exact replica of the of the famous New Orleans watering hole where it is Mardi Gras 365 days a year!
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