THE PA­RADE

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The main event of the col­or­ful an­nual car­ni­val you don’t want to miss is the pa­rade. Elab­o­rate floats com­panied by hun­dreds of beadthrow­ers, tow­er­ing stilt-walk­ers and se­quined- cos­tumed dancers flood the streets each night. 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. “We have the beau­ti­ful floats, but the pa­rade’s per­form­ers are the heart beat,” says Ja­son Horne, show di­rec­tor for Uni­ver­sal’s Mardi Gras. “Un­til we get them throw­ing the beads and danc­ing and in­ter­act­ing with guests, that’s when Mardi Gras re­ally be­gins.” jam­bal­aya, crispy hush­pup­pies, heav­enly beignets and king cake. At Ci­tyWalk, New Or­leans Celebrity Chef Emeril La­gasse has two out­posts, Emeril’s Or­lando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop.

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