May 9th Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalaro, NM
May 28th Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, Valley Center, CA
July 20th Thunderbay Community Auditorium, Thunderbay, Ontario, Canada
September 25th Puyallup Fair, Puyallup, WA
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF BEADS, BANDS AND GOOD TIMES WITH MARDI GRAS 2010 with HEART
Celebration Includes Authentic Mardi Gras Parade and Cuisine, Along with Live Performances by HEART On February 13th!
Orlando, Fla. (January 7, 2010) – On February 6, Universal Orlando Resort will kick off its 15th year of Mardi Gras – the biggest and most authentic Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. Guests will experience the spirit of Bourbon St. in the heart of Universal Studios, with festivities including live concerts by artists like Heart, Flo Rida, Sheryl Crow and Chicago, authentic Cajun cuisine, a spectacular parade and tons of beads.
In addition to seeing Heart perform on the main stage, guests can also visit Universal’s very own “French Quarter” – a replica of the New Orleans’ famed district – and groove to th e authentic bayou sounds of bands directly from New Orleans.
To commemorate this special year, guests will enjoy a heritage-themed Mardi Gras parade featuring new colorful renditions of floats from past year’s events. Universal worked with New Orleans-based Blaine Kern Artists, Inc. to incorporate new elements into some of the most memorable floats in the event’s history. The twelve vibrant floats will cruise the streets of Universal Studios during the festivities, filled with riders tossing beads by the handful to excited park guests.
Guests will also enjoy the aroma and taste of authentic Cajun cuisine – such as jambalaya, gumbo, beignets and king cake – along with hundreds of costumed characters and stilt walkers dancing and mingling in the streets. Party-goers will also enjoy Universal Studios’ most popular attractions, including the all-new Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – a radically-innovative roller coaster that combines hit music, first-ever maneuvers and h ighly-sophisticated audio and video for a one-of-a-kind ride experience.
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March 9th – Vancouver, BC – Orpheaum
March 10th – Penticton, BC – Okanagan Event Center