We Got To Throw Beads From A Mardi Gras Float at Universal Orlando! Here’s What It Was Like

One really cool about living in Central Florida is that you can sometimes take advantage of what Orlando-area theme parks have to offer. Case in point: Joe and I have been Universal Orlando annual passholders since around 2009 or so. Besides the fact that we can go to the parks pretty much whenever we want, we also occasionally have some access to some benefits and experiences that people who are “just visiting” might not get. One of those opportunities is potentially being able to throw beads from one of the floats at Universal Studios Florida’s (USF) Mardi Gras parade.
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This Might Be The Coolest New Thing To Ever Happen At Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans (NOLA) have been running since the late 1830s. At first it was just a regular parade (for the time period), with street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders. “Throws” began sometime around 1870, which were followed a few years later with floats. Industry and technology have improved every aspect of Mardi Gras every since, but this year NOLA’s City Hall has released something that will make attending Mardi Gras a whole lot easier for revelers.

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Did You Know You Can See Where They Make The Floats For Mardi Gras? You Can! And We Did!

I reluctantly admit that I did little to no preparation for our trip to New Orleans, besides the planning for our parade. That left us with four days with absolutely no plans, so I did what I typically do nowadays when that happens: I asked our readers for help. I did and you responded with some wonderful suggestions. One of the top suggestions was to go see Mardi Gras World.

I asked Sharon if she was interested in seeing where the floats for…

“YES!!!”

So we went to Mardi Gras World.

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