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Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Annual party kicks off this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando kicks off its annual Mardi Gras celebrations starting this weekend.

The B-52s will take the stage Saturday at 8 p.m. to help kick off the park's concert series. This year, the lineup of the 14 live concerts includes artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Diana Ross, B.o.B., Boyz II Men and Plan White T's.

The spirit of the French Quarter will be in full swing starting at 7:30 p.m. when the parade of decorative floats, bright costumes and stilt walkers wind through the streets of Universal Orlando.

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras will be held Saturdays and select nights starting Feb. 11 to April 14, 2012.

Tickets start at $60 a day but for more information, visit UniversalOrlando.com.