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A drinker's guide to the weekend 

Everybody loves a parade! OK, not entirely true. Parades are loud and long and kind of boring, which is why the people who go to them usually like to drink copious amounts of alcohol while they watch them. This weekend, Winter Park holds its 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (two weeks early!) along Park Avenue to New England Avenue. You can watch the 75 floats and Irish dancing and all that beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, but the main attraction for fans of green beer and cocktails will be the sitting around the bars on Park Avenue before (or after or during) the bagpipers. Also in this weekend’s drinking: Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is widely advertised as a family affair. And no doubt it is. At least for the families. But if you have no little party crashers to keep you in check, why would you go to anything with Mardi Gras in its title and not drink? On Friday night, March 3, the Goo Goo Dolls play the Universal Plaza Music Stage. By the time that’s over, all the kids should be in bed, so you can remember what Mardi Gras is supposed to be about: overindulgence before we enter the season of penitence. Drink as many hurricanes as you can before you have to give them up for Lent. Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando runs through April 14, and you can buy your ticket online for $59.99, good for admission after 5 p.m. during Mardi Gras.

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