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January 14, 2017

NE-YO, FIFTH HARMONY, TOBY KEITH, COLLECTIVE SOUL AND MORE TO PERFORM LIVE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S 2017 MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

Florida's Biggest Party Returns this February with a Spectacular Nightly Mardi Gras Parade; Plus Live Concerts on Select Nights


ORLANDO, Fla. (January 12, 2017) - Universal Orlando Resort today announced the headliners taking the stage for the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration - a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans bash that features Cajun-style cuisine, authentic New Orleans flare, a spectacular parade, and - on select nights - live concerts by a star-studded lineup of musical artists covering everything from pop and R&B to rock and disco.

Universal's Mardi Gras 2017 will run daily from Feb. 4 through March 25 - giving guests 50 nights to join the celebration. For 12 select nights during the event, guests can enjoy performances by nationally-recognized musical acts including award winning-multiplatinum selling Fifth Harmony, three-time GRAMMY Award winner NE-YO, superstar singer-songwriter Toby Keith and rock band Collective Soul. For the complete line-up and performance schedule, see below.

The celebration also includes a uniquely themed nightly parade featuring festive Mardi Gras floats complete with New Orleans-inspired music, dozens of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and more than one million beads. This year's parade will feature six all-new Mythical Creatures Themed floats including, The Dance of the Dragon, The Flight of the Pegasus, and The Rise of the Garuda. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has hand crafted floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.

Guests can also enjoy authentic New Orleans-style cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

The excitement of Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass.  Florida Residents can get up to three months free on Power, Preferred and Premier Annual Passes with a Coca-Cola and Coke Zero UPC code or promo code on special marked packages. For more information on Mardi Gras, visit https://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras/Overview.


2017 MARDI GRAS HEADLINERS LINE-UP
Mardi Gras Event Dates
Headliners
(performing in the Music Plaza)
Feb. 4
Trace Adkins
Feb. 11
NE-YO
Feb. 18
Collective Soul
Feb. 19
X Ambassadors 
Feb. 25
Fifth Harmony
March 4
Kool & the Gang
March 5
Olivia Newton-John
March 11
UB40
March 12
Toby Keith
March 18
Jason Derulo
March 19
Earth, Wind & Fire
March 25
The All – American Rejects

2017 MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS BANDS LINE-UP
Mardi Gras Event Dates
New Orleans Bands
(performing in the French Quarter)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 14
Young Pipeline Brass Band
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21
New Breed Brass Band
Feb. 22 – March 5
Free Agents Brass Band
March 6 –  March 15
Naughty Professor Brass Band
March 16 – March 25
Dirty Bourbon River Show


About Universal Orlando Resort 
For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family; incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. 

Universal Orlando's theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world's most exciting and innovative theme park experiences - including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And in early summer 2017, Universal Orlando will open its third park, Universal's Volcano Bay - an entirely new water theme park experience.  Universal's on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 - powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk's newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. 

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