ORLANDO -- For the fourth consecutive year, Universal Studios
Florida launched its own version of Mardi Gras. The celebration, a
free bonus for visitors to the park, is presented nightly through
March 27, after Universal's movie backlot streets are converted
into a colorful street party.
There are 14 floats and props, all used in original New Orleans
Mardi Gras parades, top-name entertainers, doubloons and New
A number of top bands perform throughout the Mardi Gras
celebration. Among them are Journey, 38 Special, the Pointer
Sisters, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Creedence Clearwater Revisited,
Olga Tanon, the Doobie Brothers and Chaka Kahn.
Other favorites include Jack Mack and the Heart Attacks, Wild
Magnolias, BigShirley, Fat City and Mamou.
Spectators are entertained by more than 200 outrageous street
performers including stilt-walkers. The float procession features
the traditional Jester, King and Queen and King Gator floats.
Also included is a series themed, "Celebrating Cities Around the
World." Among the destinations represented in this series of floats
are Venice, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and the Caribbean. Universal
Studios Florida. Phone: (800) BE-A-STAR.