Lifehouse kicks off Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

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The all-new ÒElegance of IndiaÓ float at Universal OrlandoÕs 2013 Mardi Gras parade celebrates the magic of Bollywood, complete with exotic fabrics and hypnotic dances of color and light.Alternative rock band Lifehouse kicks off Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration this Saturday, Feb. 9. The authentic, family-friendly celebration runs select nights through April 20 and also includes a dazzling parade, tons of Mardi Gras beads and Universal’s very own French Quarter Courtyard – complete with authentic New Orleans bands, delicious Cajun cuisine and more.

 This year’s parade also features new floats inspired by “Colorful Cultures Around the World.”  featuring several elaborate, hand-crafted floats built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that designs floats for the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Running select nights through April 20, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras also features authentic New Orleans musicians, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine and live concerts by high-profile artists.

 Schedule of Events on Feb. 9:

  • 4 p.m. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 p.m. – Lifehouse Concert Begins