Local 6 Theme World: Splashy 2014 Mardi Gras lineup

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January 15, 2014

Splashy 2014 Mardi Gras Lineup

Universal's always been a place to party. and this year's Mardi Gras concert lineup once again features  some big names. Among them: Barenaked Ladies on February 15th.

That date rings a bell. Oh, yeah -- that's the SAME day Barenaked was due to perform at SeaWorld's "Buds, Bands & BBQ" until they pulled out under fan pressure over the documentary "Blackfish."

While SeaWorld is still working on a new band line-up for their party weekends (due to start on February 1st), Universal has released their almost full list of acts. Other big names include Robin Thicke on February 22nd. Mardi Gras kicks off February 8th with Daughtry.

Here's the full list of acts:

Feb. 8 -- Daughtry

Feb. 15 -- Barenaked Ladies

Feb. 16 -- Thomas Rhett

Feb. 22 -- Robin Thicke

March 1 -- Collective Soul

March 8 -- Prince Royce

March 14 -- Cody Simpson

March 15 -- Foreigner

March 21 -- TBA

March 22 -- Gavin DeGrauw

March 28 -- TBA

March 29 -- TBA

April 5 -- Skillet

April 12 -- Lynyrd Skynyrd

April 19 -- Kool & the Gang

So look for more big crowds at the Universal Music Plaza Stage.

Mardi Gras runs select nights from Feb 8 - May 31, and also features food, New Orleans Jazz performers & once again Universal is planning to upgrade its parade to feature 3 floats based on "Around the World in 80 Days"

For more information, head to Universal's Mardi Gras site.

I look forward to checking out and reporting to you on what else is new. Here's a link to last year's first look at the making of the parade and more.

Universal is also offering discounts to Florida residents in time for Mardi Gras.

Here's a quote from the park's press release:

Up to 3 months FREE on any Annual PassFor a limited time, get up to 3 months free on any Annual Pass: · Power Pass - $174.99 (plus tax) · Preferred Pass - $244.99 (plus tax) · Premier Pass - $369.99 (plus tax) · Offer is also available on FlexPay, Universal Orlando's monthly payment option· Must be purchased and activated by April 30, 2014 with a Coca-Cola UPC code or promo code on specially-marked cups at participating Wendy's"

Head to Universal's site for the fine print on that., and an offer on hotel stays by clicking here.

For muggles eager for the opening of the new London/Diagon Alley area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal is promising big new revelations next week, right before a Potter party. So keep tuned to Theme World.

That's it for today! More tomorrow.

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