ORLANDO -- Mardi Gras 2002 will make its re-appearance at the
Universal Studios theme park starting Feb. 8. This year's Mardi
Gras parade, a main feature of the celebration, will carry a
patriotic theme, with all 14 floats decked out in red, white and
The parade will cover 10 city blocks within the theme park.
Stilt-walkers and more than 200 street performers will entertain
the crowds, and musical acts will perform on the main stage on
The schedule calls for Mardi Gras to be staged every Friday and
Saturday night through March 16, and then nightly through April 6.
This is the seventh annual celebration, described by park officials
as "the biggest and longest-running Mardi Gras celebration outside
of New Orleans."
New Orleans specialties -- such as jambalaya and shrimp gumbo --
will be available for purchase. Clients booked on packages that
include Universal Studios, such as those offered by Universal
Studios Vacations and other tour operators, or who buy tickets on
their own will be admitted to the Mardi Gras festivities at no
When purchased separately, daily admission costs $48 for adults
and children ages 10 and older and $39 for youngsters ages 3 to 9.
For details, call (407) 363-8000. Additional Information can be
found on the Web at www.universalorlando.com.