Universal Studios unit slates Mardi Gras package

ORLANDO -- Universal Studios Florida's 44-night Mardi Gras celebration, set for Feb. 18 to April 1, is featured in a Universal Studios Vacations package.

The annual event resembles Mardi Gras in New Orleans, featuring thousands of festoons, street performers, stilt walkers, food, drink and music.

A parade with 15 elaborately decorated floats carrying costumed riders who toss out doubloons and strands of beads is a highlight of the event.

Mardi Gras entertainers will include Michael McDonald; Cheap Trick; Pat Benatar; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Smash Mouth; Foreigner; Kansas, and KC and the Sunshine Band.

The Mardi Gras celebration begins at 6 p.m. each day.

The two-night Life of Mardi package is priced from $249 per adult, double.

The cost covers hotel accommodations; a two-day Escape Pass to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, and a CityWalk Party Pass.

Also included are a ride on a float, one Cajun and Creole dinner, and a choice of lunch or a second dinner at a Universal restaurant or admission to Wet 'n Wild Orlando.

In addition, one day of valet parking is included along with early park admission on selected days; a Nickelodeon Kids Travel Tote for each child ages 3 to 9 and a souvenir cup for each traveler ages 10 to 17.

Agents earn 10% on the package, which can be extended beyond two nights. Options include car rental, air fare or airport transfers.

Clients who don't purchase the package will find that the Mardi Gras event is included with regular park admission.

Universal Studios Vacations
Phone: (800) 224-3838

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