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Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida: Mardi Gras parade floats by day

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The Mardi Gras parade at Universal Studios Florida runs on select evenings and generally starts after dark. However, I had the opportunity to see some of the parade floats in the daytime. Better yet, I got up close and personal with them so I could admire the exquisite detail.

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Click the slideshow accompanying this articles, and you can see the floats, too. Many spectators don't realize it, but the parade actually has a theme. Last year there were new floats honoring countries like Mexico and India, so Universal Orlando Resort carried the global theme forward and made this parade "Around the World in 80 Days." You'll notice that the new floats in this slideshow showcase the various types of transportation used in that journey, including a ship, airplane, train, and balloons.

This is the 19th year for the parade, and of course there are some repeat floats. This year one of the classics got a nice little facelift. You'll see the classic jester parade in the slideshow, and when you do, notice how it's been spruced up,

It's nice to see the little details in the day time, but the floats really shine when they're lit up at night and full of bead throwers tossing beads to the crowd while performers work the streets in front of them. Jump to this article for a night view of the floats.

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