THE PA­RADE

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It’s the main event of the col­or­ful an­nual car­ni­val you don’t want to miss. Don pur­ple, green and gold and dance your way through Univer­sal Stu­dios ac­com­pa­nied by hun­dreds of bead-throw­ers, tow­er­ing stilt-walk­ers and se­quined­cos­tumed dancers.

“We are work­ing with Kern Stu­dios out of New Or­leans to de­velop four brand-new floats this year: an Oc­to­ber­fest float, a Fourth of July float, a Rio Car­ni­val and a Vene­tian Car­ni­val float,” said Ja­son Horne, show di­rec­tor for Univer­sal’s Mardi Gras. “We have the beau­ti­ful floats, but the pa­rade’s per­form­ers are the heart beat. Un­til we get them throw­ing the beads and danc­ing and in­ter­act­ing with guests, that’s when Mardi Gras re­ally be­gins.”

For pee­wee partiers, the Lit­tle Jester’s Pa­rade View­ing Area pro­vides a pri­vate sec­tion to catch all the ac­tion. Through­out the day, visi­tors can also wit­ness and even par­tic­i­pate in a sec­ond-line pa­rade, a New Or­leans tra­di­tion where a main line of brass in­stru­ments is fol­lowed by the crowd.

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