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.