Mardi Gras parade -- what time?

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  1. songbird

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    I think I read on this board that the Mardi Gras parade would start around 2/16 this year. we'll be at Portofino 2/16-2/19.

    what time is the parade? and what time will the park close on nights when they have the parade?

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  3. JessicaR

    JessicaR <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>

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    Hi songbird,

    The parade starts at 8P and following the parade is the concert featuring a headliner on weekends. I called the other day to see if I could get info on the bands and it is not yet available. The woman I spoke with told me the park closes at 8P and that the parade starts at 8P with the concert starting at 8:30P. Now I am wondering if the rest of the park is open during the parade and concert? Or is it just this area that remains open? Can anyone that attended Mardi Gras in the past help me with this please? I looked at the hours posted on the official site and they have the park closing at 8P. Just curious how this works. Thanks!

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  4. jtopicz1

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    If it's like last year everything (rides and shows) closes at the scheduled time. Right at close the parade starts and immediatly following the parade the concert starts. What time the parade and concert starts generally depends on what time the park closes (7p or 8p usually this time of year).

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  5. JessicaR

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    Jim, did you get to see a concert last year? Who was there?

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    Jim,

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  7. WebmasterBarry

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    Concerts are held at a main stage across from Mel's Diner.

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  8. bskmom

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    We were there last year. We actually rode the float one night. The best thing my kids got to do. I still have beads all over my house. Anyway I know the bands were better on the weekends and we were there during the week so I don't really remember them. I think KC and the sunshine band was there before we got there. It also ran every night of the week that we were there. So I guess blacking out MOn and Tues is different. It was definitely a fun thing to do. My kids were 4, 7 and 8 and loved it. We went every night which was 4 times. Funny I can't remember any of the bands. Seriously I wasn't drinking I think we just usually left after the parade because the kids were young and tired. We actually planned Feb again hoping to catch the parades again.
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  9. JessicaR

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    Patti,
    Mardi Gras is something I am really looking forward to. Sounds like you enjoyed it too! Going back again the same time :D I read the same thing about the major bands performing on the weekends cant wait to find out who they are! How did you get to ride the float? Are you staying at Portofino the whole time? 10 days what a great vacation :) I wish you could be there in March also. We will have to plan another! :D Maybe do a same time next year trip.

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  10. jtopicz1

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    I didn't get to see any of the major bands last year as I went on a weekday, but I know one of them was Pat Benetar. Most of the bands they have are well known and appeal to a wide audience (generally bands from the 70's and 80's). Sorry I don't remember more names! The stage is in the same place as the HHN stage, right across from Mel's in front of the lagoon, near the much debated Gory Grutesque Horror Make-Up show! It's definatly a good event no matter what night you go. It's definatly not as large in scale as HHN, but still very fun, especially since there is no extra charge.

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  11. JessicaR

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    Thank you again Jim for sharing. Now I know not to expect Creed :rolleyes: One more ques to anyone that may know...The band that plays on weekends..is it usually the same band fri and sat?
    Thanks!

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    Nope.....it's usually a different band (in fact always that i know of). Makes it good for those staying the whole weekend, 2 seperate free concerts!


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  13. Lalalindica

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    So, if the park closes at 8 and then the parade starts, when does the concert start? Nine-ish? So, is the parade and the concert free to only those people who were already in the park before it closed? In other words, is the parade and concert open and free to all or is it only held for people who have paid admission to the parks?

    If all goes well, we'll be arriving at the HRH around 8 at night. Can we just stroll into Universal for the parade and concert without paying admission?
     
  14. WebmasterBarry

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    I wouldn't think you can watch the concert without paying admission.

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  15. bskmom

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    Jessica,

    All 10 nights at the Portofino. In a kids suite no less. Gotta love that. We waited standby to get on the float. I think we got there around 7 pm. Just a note on the float. There is a height restriction so my youngest didn't get to ride. But trust me we threw her a lot of beads. She was kind of disappointed but my husband did the Amity start and then ran to see us again at the end. It was so much fun. I am actually trying to see if I can get us vouchers to ride this time rather than risking standby. I know some people had tickets because they were annual pass holders last year. Well we are pass holders and staying at the Portofino. That has got to count for something. Here is an email I received today.

    Hi


    Unfortunately we do not have any information yet on whether or not they will
    be giving vouchers to be on a Mardi Gras float. At this time we have only
    been given the Mardi Gras dates which will be from February 16 - March 17,
    2001. Headliners will be appearing on Saturday evenings with the house band
    performing during the rest of the week. Our marketing department is still
    in the process of getting everything finalized. We should know more within
    the coming weeks and all new informatin will be posted on our web site
    www.universalstudios.com


    Lisa
    Universal Orlando


    PS The other poster is correct. I do believe Pat Benetar was there the weekend after we were there. I'll keep you posted if I hear anything else from them.
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  16. JessicaR

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    Thank you Patti!

    Keep me posted please :) 10 days in a kids suite...very nice! Thats my idea of a vacation. Thanks for also sharing the email about Mardi Gras. How old was your daughter when she couldnt ride the float? Or should I say what is the height requirement? If you even remember! I would think you being an AP holder and staying onsite should count for something. Hopefully you will get to again. :D

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  17. bskmom

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    I don't remember the height requirement but my then 7 year old just made it. Katherine was 4 and not even close so I am sure she won't be able to ride again this year if we get on. But maybe one day.... we will just have to keep going back.
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    How crowded does it get after the park closes, the parade starts and the band starts?

    What happens if one wants to participate in the parade and listen to band but not go to the park? Can they?
     
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    The crowds are kind of light at the beginning and end of the parade route. The Party Zone is wall-to-wall people!

    You need to buy an admission ticket to view the Mardi Gras parade and band. I doubt they will let you in free.

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