*ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration continues through April 2 with a star-studded lineup of musical artists performing live this month, including the multi-platinum international star behind global smash-hits “Despacito” and “Échame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi (March 13), GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award-winning musical icon, Diana Ross (March 15), and world-renowned, chart-topping DJ and producer, Marshmello (March 22). See below for other headlining acts throughout March.
As part of this family-friendly version of the renowned New Orleans celebration, guests can enjoy a spectacular nightly parade that runs throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida inspired by the all-new Treasures of the Deep theme, as well as sample new and returning authentic Cajun cuisine available in the French Quarter Courtyard. And with the purchase of a Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard, guests can sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Guests can also add-on the Bayou Boil Dining Experience, a delicious Louisiana-style crawfish boil, and the Feast & Floats Dessert Party, which both include an exclusive Mardi Gras parade viewing area.
Guests can also enjoy the all-new Mardi Gras Tribute Store, which made its debut in Universal Studios Florida for the first time in the event’s 25 year history. Located just outside the French Quarter inside the New York area of Universal Studios Florida, the immersive Tribute Store serves as a homage to authentic New Orleans tradition. It offers exclusive photo opportunities and specially-designed Universal Orlando Mardi Gras merchandise available for purchase.
All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual or Seasonal Pass (blockout dates apply). And through August 13, 2020, guests who purchase a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $234.99 per adult) will receive TWO EXTRA DAYS FREE to enjoy the thrills & excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And for only $40 more per adult, guests can upgrade their ticket to include Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, giving them four days of access to all three of Universal Orlando’s theme parks.
To take advantage of this offer and for more information on Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For nearly 30 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures brought to life in some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and so much more.
Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice as the #1 Amusement Park in the World five years in a row – Universal Studios Florida, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, a tropical oasis like no other. Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
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Aurora Police Video Shows Black Woman Hogtied in Back of Patrol Car [WATCH]
*The Colorado police force under scrutiny for the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain is catching heat once again over recently released video of a Black woman hogtied in a patrol car.
The woman is seen riding upside down for more than 20 minutes following her arrest in August 2019. She even calls the white officer “master” and begs him to lift her from the floorboard.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said former officer Levi Huffine appears to be “punishing” the woman.
“In my opinion she was just tortured back there. It makes me sick,” said Wilson of the video Tuesday, during a civil service commission appeal hearing for Huffine, who was fired over the incident. He appealed his termination.
“We are not judge, jury and executer,” said Wilson. “We are not to treat people inhumanely like they don’t matter.
“And he is lucky she did not die in the backseat of that car. Because he would be — in my opinion — in an orange jumpsuit right now,” said Wilson.
Attempting to get his job back, former @AuroraPD Ofc. Levi Huffine begins testifying about troubling arrest video. Live report on @CBSDenver at 6pm. Previous report here:https://t.co/m3dyr8mZso pic.twitter.com/o3R3WhDRlR
— Brian Maass (@Briancbs4) September 30, 2020
Here’s more from CBS 4 Denver:
Huffine arrested Shataean Kelly, 28, on Aug. 27, 2019, on municipal charges resulting from a fight. On his bodycam video, Officer Huffine decides to hobble Kelly — tying her handcuffed hands to her feet when he said she tried to escape from his patrol car by trying to open door handles in the backseat.
Wilson testified the door handles in the backseat are inoperable and in her opinion, hobbling Kelly was unnecessary. She said she felt Huffine was “punishing” the prisoner who had also been verbally abusive toward the officer.
“The hobbling in my opinion was another form of punishment,” said Wilson, notin that Kelly could have easily died of positional asphyxia.
The video played at the hear Tuesday shows Kelly begging for help during the drive to jail.
“Officer please, I can’t breathe,” she says. “I don’t want to die like this. I’m about to break my neck,” cries Kelly. “My neck is killing me dude. Help me, I can’t breathe.”
Officer Huffine does not appear to respond to Kelly. At one point Kelly says, “I beg you master.”
“As an African-American female she denigrates herself to the point she actually calls him ‘master.’ To me that is disgusting,” said Wilson.
In February, Wilson fired Huffine. All criminal charges were dropped against Kelly. She did not suffer serious injuries during the ride to jail.
“It’s beyond human decency for me,” said the chief of the video. “It’s unacceptable. I don’t know what else to say.”
Scroll up and watch the disturbing footage via the YouTube video above.
Meet Ohio’s Democratic Black Female Lawmaker Who Endorses Trump (Video)
*As the 2020 presidential nominees arrived in Cleveland for their first debate Tuesday night, Democratic State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent and her husband James Whitaker came out to greet one of them as he came off the plane. And it wasn’t Biden.
According to a pool report, the two-term lawmaker went aboard Air Force One to greet President Trump before the debate. The lifelong Democrat had turned off members of her own party long before throwing her support behind the president’s reelection. She was kicked out of the House Democratic caucus in June 2018 after she sent a letter on Ohio Legislative Black Caucus letterhead without permission. She hasn’t been to the Statehouse since May 2019, telling the Columbus Dispatch in July she has continued to serve constituents from home.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said Kent’s Trump endorsement does not reflect the strong support among Ohio Democrats for Joe Biden.
“She basically hasn’t been involved with the party or her Statehouse job for a long time,” Pepper said. “This is the first I’ve heard of her in a while. Obviously she checked out of her public position a long time ago.”
Kennedy Kent, who is not running for re-election this year, said “muddied mistreatment and unlawful action” against her by the House Democrats drove her away from the party. She said her decision to endorse Trump for reelection is due to ow unemployment rates among Black Americans and his administration’s increased support for historically black colleges and universities.
“We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way,” Kennedy Kent said in a news release.
Below are several videos of Rep. Kennedy Kent in action:
‘Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life’ Exclusive Clip: Tamar Tries Some Tea to Get Snatched! [WATCH]
*We have an exclusive look at Thursday’s episode of Tamar Braxton’s ‘Get Ya Life!,’ a new WE tv docuseries that takes viewers on the singer’s journey to turn her life around.
This week, Tamar is caught in the middle of a disaster between her new boo and the path to relaunch her music career. Cameras roll while David fights to protect Tamar from witchcraft.
In the clip above,Tamar wants to lose weight with diet tea. Will the tea give her what she wants?
Watch “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life” Thursdays at 9/8c.
Tamar Braxton is back! After nearly losing everything, including herself, Tamar is determined to turn her life around and take matters into her own hands by sharing her truth in a revealing new docu-series that follows her every move. Tamar teams up with music and TV mogul Mona Scott-Young to bare it all and bring her “baggage” – aka the camera crew — along with her for the ride. But nothing can prepare Tamar for the most epic journey of her life. In a series of shocking revelations and extreme breakthroughs, it’s the most authentic side of Tamar Braxton ever as she vows to show the good, the bad and the ugly. Cameras continue rolling during Tamar’s most vulnerable hours as she invites love back into her life with her new boo David, relaunches her music career, navigates co-parenting with ex-husband Vince Herbert, and battles the pressure to reconcile and reunite with her family. In the end, will Tamar be able to bounce back and turn her life around or will all of her demons defeat her? This is her last shot.
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