Yes, it's true, we go to Mardi Gras every year in New Orleans. This year we had the opportunity to do Mardi Gras Universal style. I've got to say it was pretty interesting. They host a concert after the parade on the select nights that they schedule for Mardi Gras. There's also a courtyard with different food including funnel cakes, beignets, shrimp gumbo, andouille sausage and some Cajun sampler platters. All in all the food was pretty good.
We went in around 6 o'clock and explored the park. They run a concert each night as well. The night we picked was Three Doors Down. Aim early if you expect to get anywhere near the stage. Even if you don't get close there are large screens and you can hear the band in a large area. That was good enough for me. We caught the parade at the tail end of the route but that was just fine. Their version of the Mardi Gras parade consisted of about 10 floats, although nicely done really not like what you see in New Orleans.
They also threw some short beads and that was about it. There were stilt walkers in between the floats but sadly, no bands. One thing that was the same were the people being just as crazy in the crowd with their pushing and shoving for beads.
The best moment came a good while after the parade when I stumbled upon a doubloon. It was just laying there and was a little scuffed up but that didn't matter. I didn't see any thrown so it made it made it even more special.
So all in all it was a fun night. I would say that the added benefit of getting to go into the Diagon Alley area of Harry Potter really made the night great. That area of Universal Studios is done so well that a really could stay in that area all night.