January 12, 2018

By: Festiva Getaways

Mardis Gras at Universal Orlando

You don’t have to visit Louisiana to experience Mardis Gras. Enjoy an authentic New Orleans celebration filled with dazzling entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Marvel at the pageantry of nightly parades with outrageous street performers, colorful costumes and countless beads flying through the air. Hear jazzy music from authentic New Orleans bands and then indulge yourself with taste bud tickling Cajun food.

Plus, on weekends, you can catch some of the biggest names in music live in concert. Just look at this amazing lineup:

Saturday, Feb. 3 - Sean Paul

Sean Paul’s distinct voice, catchy rhythms and first class production are the perfect blend for the success of this Grammy-winning international superstar. His musical career took off in 2002 with the success of his album Dutty Rock, with Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers Gimmie the Light and Get Busy. His recent hits include Cheap Thrills, Rockabye, No Lie and Body.

Saturday, Feb. 10 - The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who alongside Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the band’s legacy. Averaging 150 sold-out shows a year, they recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Good Vibrations, which is widely considered one of the greatest masterpieces in rock and roll history. Currently, the band is on the Wild Honey World Tour.

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini skyrocketed to stardom after releasing her critically acclaimed, Gold debut album The First Time. The album features three Platinum-certified, #1 smashes—Love Me Like You Mean It, Peter Pan, and Dibs—making her the only female artist in country music history with this accolade. Her much-anticipated sophomore album Unapologetically spotlights 12 songs written or co-written by Kelsea, including the hit single Legends.

Sunday, Feb. 18 - Andy Grammer

Multi-Platinum selling artist Andy Grammer has taken the world by storm with a series of anthemic pop hits, six of which are Gold-certified or better. Hits include the Platinum singles Keep Your Head Up, and Fine By Me, the triple-Platinum Honey, I’m Good, and the Gold-certified Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah). He recently released his third album The Good Parts, featuring the Platinum-certified Fresh Eyes and new single Smoke Clears.

Saturday, Feb. 24 - Macklemore

Collectively Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed over 2 billion times and he is one of only two rappers to have a Diamond-certified single. The Seattle rapper has performed on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, was in an MTV special with President Obama and was the first US citizen to participate in the Presidential Weekly Address. In 2017, Macklemore released Gemini, his first solo effort in 12 years.

Saturday, Mar. 3 - 311

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Chad Sexton and P-Nut. The band mixes rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound. 311 recently released their 12th studio album MOSAIC in advance of their 2017 Summer Tour. The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the band’s 10th consecutive Top 10 album.

Sunday, Mar. 4 - Phillip Phillips

Since releasing his five-times-platinum debut single Home, Phillip Phillips has taken his brand of earthy, guitar-fueled rock across the globe. The Georgia-bred 26-year-old saw The World from the Side of the Moon go platinum. His second album Behind the Light features the folk-rock hit Raging Fire. Phillips is currently headlining a tour, performing tracks from his new album Collateral including Magnetic and Miles.

Sunday, Mar. 11 - Fitz and the Tantrums

LA-based Fitz and the Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hit-makers. Their 2016 album Fitz and the Tantrums features their biggest hit yet, the Platinum-certified HandClap, Top 5 on both the Hot AC and Alternative Radio charts. Their eponymous album follows their breakout debut More Than Just a Dream featuring #1 Alternative Radio, Platinum-certified singles The Walker and Out of My League.

Saturday, Mar. 17 - Foreigner

In 2017, Foreigner was celebrated in Business Insider magazine as one of the Top 40 Best Selling Music Artists of All Time. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, they are one of the most popular rock acts in the world. With some of rock’s most enduring anthems including Juke Box Hero, Cold as Ice and the worldwide #1 hit, I Want to Know What Love Is, Foreigner continues to rock the charts.

Sunday, Mar. 18 - Fifth Harmony

Award-winning, multi-platinum selling group Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third album blasted to the top of the 2017 charts as the #1 pop and #2 overall. The album’s gold-certified lead single Down featuring Gucci Mane is the group’s fastest rising single ever on iTunes. Other recent accomplishments include wins at the American Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

Sunday, Mar. 25 - BUSH

BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone with 18 consecutive Top 40 hits. Eleven were Top 5, six #1: Comedown, Glycerine, Machinehead, Swallowed, The Chemicals Between Us and The Sound of Winter. In 2011, BUSH released The Sea of Memories featuring the lead single The Sound of Winter, the first self-released song ever to hit #1 at Alternative Rock Radio.

Each day at the parks holds a different surprise. However you like to celebrate Mardis Gras, Universal Orlando will serve your desires.

Call us now at 407-259-2307 to talk about vacation packages that will allow you to experience all of the fun!