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Universal Orlando announces performers for 2016 Mardi Gras

by Banks Lee

Fall Out Boy Universal Mardi Gras 2016

Several hit performers are scheduled to play at this year’s Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando, including Fall Out Boy (pictured above) and Barenaked Ladies.

On select nights Feb. 6 through April 16, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with a family-friendly version of the famed “N’awlins” celebration at Universal Studios Florida, featuring Cajun cuisine, a parade and 14 nights of concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

This year’s star-studded concert lineup features a diverse array of talent. Headliners include rock band Fall Out Boy, teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes, Grammy-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes and legendary entertainer Diana Ross. For the complete line-up, see below.

This year’s Mardi Gras parade features 12 vibrant floats, including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world – Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival. All of the detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. Plus, guests can visit Universal Studios’ own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

2016 Mardi Gras Concert Lineup:
• Feb. 6 – Hunter Hayes
• Feb. 13 – Diana Ross
• Feb. 14 – Barenaked Ladies
• Feb. 20 – Nate Ruess
• Feb. 27 – Fall Out Boy
• March 5 – Kool & the Gang
• March 12 – The Fray
• March 13 – Adam Lambert
• March 19 – Shawn Mendes
• March 20 – 3 Doors Down
• March 26 – REO Speedwagon
• April 2 – T-Pain
• April 9 – Jessie J
• April 16 – Yandel

See what it’s like to ride a float in the Mardi Gras parade as King & Queen:

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