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  The Streets of Universal Studios Come Alive for Mardi Gras 2007  
by Ryan Wiseman

Universal Studios, one of two amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Florida, boasts the largest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans - complete with a live concert series that features a diversity of musical stars, colorful parades full of floats (plenty of beads will also be thrown around!), elaborately costumed characters and delectable "Big Easy" cuisine such as jambalaya and shrimp gumbo.

In addition, Mardi Gras at Universal Studios features live performances from some of the French Quarter's most talented musicians through the "Celebrate the Music of New Orleans" program. New Orleans musicians scheduled to appear include Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers, Brian Lee and The Blues Power Band, Billy Iuso and The Restless Natives, Lil' Malcolm and The House Rockers, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, Chris Klein and The Boulevards, Lil' Brian and The Zydeco Travelers, Soul Project and Mem Shannon and The Membership.

Known as the "ultimate street party," Mardi Gras at Universal Studios takes place nearly every Saturday night from early February to mid-April. Admission to Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is $44.95 plus tax. Live concerts in the Universal Studios Mardi Gras Concert Series begin at 8:30 PM.

"This yearly event is a wonderful addition to the dynamic rides and shows at Universal Studios Florida. Both locals and visitors alike enjoy the nationally recognized musical acts that headline the Mardi Gras events," said Kyle Collins, Director of Interactive Marketing for HotelsCorp.com. "In addition, Universal CityWalk hosts an official Mardi Gras after-party that includes free admission to select nightclubs, including Pat O'Brien's, the official Mardi Gras Headquarters of CityWalk."

2007 Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Concert Schedule

* Donna Summer - February 10, 2007 Known as the "Queen of Disco," this Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter's slew of hits include "Hot Stuff," "Last Dance" and "She Works Hard for the Money."

* Huey Lewis & The News - February 17, 2007 The quintessential '80s rock band, Huey Lewis & The News charted frequently with such classics as "I Want a New Drug," "Do You Believe In Love," "Hip to be Square" and "If This is It."

* Taylor Hicks - February 24, 2007 Winner of the fifth season of American Idol, Taylor Hicks recently released his debut album, which has proven a big hit with his hardcore fan base - known as the "Soul Patrol."

* Wynonna - March 3, 2007 Award-winning country music singer Wynonna Judd (daughter of Naomi and sister of Ashley) boasts several No. 1 hits, including "I Saw the Light," No One Else on Earth" and "She is His Only Need."

* The Doobie Brothers - March 10, 2007 A classic rock band, The Doobies continue to entertain audiences of all ages with such tunes as "Takin' it to the Streets," "Black Water," "Listen to the Music," "It Keeps You Runnin'" and "What a Fool Believes."

* The Temptations & The Four Tops - March 17, 2007 Two legendary groups from the Motown era combine for a one-of-a-kind concert experience that will feature such classics as "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "Baby, I Need Your Loving," among many others.

* Sean Paul - March 24, 2007 An extremely popular and talented Jamaican dancehall reggae artist, Sean Paul has reached the charts with such hits as "Gimme the Light," "Get Busy," "Like Glue" and "Temperature."

* Daughtry - April 7, 2007 Although Chris Daughtry finished fourth place during the fifth season of American Idol, the rock singer formed his own band Daughtry and released an album (full of hits such as "It's Not Over" and "Breakdown") that has already reached No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

* KC & The Sunshine Band - April 14, 2007 Founded in the early '70s, KC and the Sunshine Band scored a number of disco hits such as "Get Down Tonight," "Shake Your Booty" and "That's the Way (I Like it)."

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