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Updated: 01/19/2017 08:30:03AM

CELEBRATING Mardi Gras

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The King Gator float during Universal Studio's Mardi Gras parade.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO PHOTO

Universal's Mardi Gras parade features dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking and hand-picked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO PHOTO

Universal Studios Orlando's Mardi Gras celebration offers a perfect combination of the Big Easy and spectacular theme park entertainment to its guests all for the price of regular admission.

BY ALLEN MOODY

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If you don’t want to drive the 10-plus hours to New Orleans or even wait until late February to celebrate Mardi Gras, Universal Studios has you covered with its traditional Mardi Gras celebration that will last 50 nights, from Feb. 4 to March 25. Universal has celebrated Mardi Gras for more than 15 years and the event remains one of the most popular tourist draws for the theme park.

Mardi Gras celebrations have taken place for thousands of years and has at its roots the Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia. The first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States is believed to have taken place in 1699. While most Americans think of Mardi Gras as a New Orleans celebration, it’s celebrated in many different countries around the world, where it also known as Carnival. There are large-scale annual celebrations in Alabama and Mississippi, although Louisiana is the only state where Mardi Gras is a legal holiday.

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