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Mardi Gras Universal OrlandoThere’s less than one week left until the start of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Universal Orlando is getting the party started early with its own Mardi Gras party beginning this Saturday, Feb. 9 through April 20!

Experience the biggest bash this side of the bayou as Universal Orlando turns its streets into the Big Easy offering up food, concerts, parades, and of course lots and lots of beads just like you’d experience on the famous Bourbon Street!

Every Saturday and on select nights until April 20, get into the spirit of Mardi Gras with one of fourteen live concerts by some of the biggest names in the music industry! Kick off the Mardi Gras celebration with Lifehouse on Feb. 9. Then come back for Steve Miller Band, Demi Lovato Pitbull and more all month long!

Here is the complete Universal Orlando Mardi Gras concert lineup:

Saturday, Feb. 9 -  Lifehouse

Saturday, Feb. 16 – Steve Miller Band

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Boys Like Girls

Saturday, Feb. 23 - Trey Songz

Saturday, March 2 - Demi Lovato

Saturday, March 9 - Montgomery Gentry

Friday, March 15 - Sean Kingston

Saturday, March 16 - Matchbox Twenty

Friday, March 22 - Austin Mahone

Saturday, March 23 - Phillip Phillips

Saturday, March 30 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Saturday, April 6 – Kool & The Gang

Saturday, April 13 – Pitbull

Saturday, April 20 – The All-American Rejects

All of the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras concerts will take place at the Music Plaza Stage.

After you take in the concerts at the Music Plaza Stage, head over to the French Quarter Courtyard for more live music, except this time it’s straight out of New Orleans. Every night, families can listen to The Big Easy’s most popular bands performing authentic blues, zydeco and more. And as you listen to the city’s signature sound, make sure you get a taste of the Big Easy with authentic Cajun dishes including Spicy Jambalaya, Grilled Andouille Sausage, Shrimp Gumbo, beignets and more.

So what about those beads? Just like during the parades up and down Bourbon Street, Universal’s Mardi Gras parade will toss handfuls of beads to screaming parade-goers as the dazzling floats like the Riverboat, King and Queen, and Gator floats; colorful costumes; towering stilt walkers; entertaining street performers and dancers wind their way through the streets of Universal. This year, the parades’ theme is “Colorful Cultures Around the World,” and will feature floats like The Mexican Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year, and The Elegance of India.

Kids can even get in on the Mardi Gras celebration with the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area located next to the Terminator 2: 3D attraction.

Don’t miss the biggest bash this side of the bayou with discounted Universal Studios tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.