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Old 02-09-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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MARDI GRAS PICS-2014-Post Them Here

Show us your USO Mardi Gras photos!
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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Yay........nice idea..........looking forward to seeing some of those.

We're not likely to ever go this time of year, so be nice to see some pics of MG
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I didn't go last night because of the weather. I'll post em when I get em.

I'm going to stick this thread for the photos and reports.
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I'll try to get some photos up if I can but mine aren't great.

I really liked the new floats for this year and was glad that they were able to incorporate the new for 2013 floats (Mexico/Day of the Dead), China, India) as well.

Ended up with 28 strands of beads despite draping a good dozen around the neck of the cute kid from the family we met while waiting for the parade to start. Also got clocked in the face with beads a number of times - ouch! We were toward the end of the parade route and they still seemed to have lots of beads coming off the floats. I almost left with 2 coins (caught one on the fly, yay me!) but gave one to my friend and one to the nice lady standing behind us. Figure I'll be back several more times so I'll have plenty of chances.

Maybe my memory is failing but it seemed like the Riverboat float had some cosmetic work done - it seemed fresher than last year.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #5
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The New Floats

First New Float - Around the World by Air





Second New Float - Around the World by Rail





Third New Float - Around the World on the Sea


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Old 02-16-2014, 03:35 PM   #6
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The Perforemers

Unfortunately, these aren't the best pictures but I thought people might like to see some of the performers and costumes.

Steampunk inspired Stilt-Walker - new costumes


Mardi Gras royalty (first night) - existing costumes




*************Random Performers*************

Most performers will be on stilts, but on inclement weather days, may be street level.

Robin Thicke/Blurred Lines inspired? Just kidding.


Mexico/Dia De Los Muertos performer


India performer - I wish this was a better picture because this young lady is simply beautiful, as is her costume.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:43 PM   #7
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Some of the returning floats

And here are some photos of the returning floats...

The classic Riverboat has been given a facelift and looks great with the updated lighting and sparkling smokestacks. Unfortunately this float did not make an appearance on Feb 15. Hopefully this was just a one-time technical glitch and not a permanent removal.


King Gator is back to close out the parade




The India float that was introduced last year is back. So are the Mexico and China floats, but I wasn't able to get any decent photos of them yet.
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If anyone was there 2/16, I'd love to see photos. My boyfriend and I were on the Day of the Dead float.
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Great pics Guys-n-Gals! My son really enjoys looking at them! (of course-so do I!!!)

Keep 'em comin'!
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If anyone was there 2/16, I'd love to see photos. My boyfriend and I were on the Day of the Dead float.
Sorry, didn't make it over on Sunday but I think some friends might have. If any of them have pix of that float I'll see if I can get you a copy.
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Sorry, didn't make it over on Sunday but I think some friends might have. If any of them have pix of that float I'll see if I can get you a copy.
Thank you!
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:48 PM   #12
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Well, I got some more photos yesterday during the pre-parade Meet and Greet. Sorry about the so-so quality - the weather made for terrible light conditions, especially since I use my phone's camera and not a fancy-dancy camera with cool lenses and gizmos.

I really think they did a fantastic job with the stiltwalker costumes for this year's new units - love the kind of steampunk vibe they have going on. What do you think and which are your favorites?




























Next up - returning/classic Mardi Gras characters.
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Classic Mardi Gras costumes



Beautiful and sweet




Mardi Gras Royal Court


Chinese New Year introduced in 2013
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:21 PM   #14
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I know there will be others visiting Universal for Mardi Gras and sharing photos, but in the meantime, does anybody have anything specific that they'd like to see photos of? I tend to meet up with my friends most Saturdays, so if there is something you want to see, I will do my best to get a photo for you.
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I know that the Jester float is back as I was on it on Saturday 3/15. They said that it was just redone.
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