It’s Time for Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Mardi Gras comes to Orlando once more during Universal Orlando’s 2012 celebration.

Taking place this year on Saturdays and select nights from Feb. 11-April 14, Universal Studios in Orlando transforms into a family-friendly version of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, featuring street performers, floats, parades and lots of beads. This year’s parade theme features floats representing various ecosystems, including bayous, swamps, rainforests, coral reefs and polar regions.

The heart of the celebration will be at Universal Studios’ French Quarter Courtyard, where guests will hear authentic New Orleans bands each night before the headlining concert. Some of the big names scheduled to play include Diana Ross, Kelly Clarkson and the Plain White T’s.

One-day single park ticket prices start at $79 for children ages 3-9 or $85 for those over 10. For more information, visit