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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, New Orleans

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Set alongside the Mississippi River, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World creates floats for the world-famous festival and its accompanying parades. Blaine Kern Studios (the company that sponsors the tours) serves as a major supplier for many Mardi Gras festivities and builds the set pieces from scratch. You can tour the warehouse to discover the methods, techniques, and processes used in their production, plus you'll get a glimpse industry's history. Bring a camera--the tour allows up-close photos of the floats as well as an opportunity to take pictures in a classic Mardi Gras costume. A shuttle pick-up from downtown New Orleans is included in the price of the ticket. Use our New Orleans vacation route planner to arrange your visit to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and other attractions in New Orleans.
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  • wonderful--we had a great time with our behind the scenes tour guide and photo ops. Lucky us it was the start of Mardi Gras season and the staff had king cake for us to sample! It's a must! 
  • This was so cool! Who knew the prep that goes into the floats. A fascinating behind the scenes look at Mardi Gras. It was neat to see actual work going on to create these masterpieces and how they are...  more »
  • The tour was the next best thing to going to Mardi Gras! Would I rather go to Mardi Gras, yes.... To actually see the making, designing and painting of the floats, it was pretty cool. The price of adm...  more »
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  • If you aren't here when the parades are happening then this is the next best thing. Get the free bus and get up and close to the floats. A fantastic up close experience. The tours seem to be quieter at the end of the day.
  • Amazing to see all those floats and props in one space. Nice to see the Crafters working on pieces right in front of you. Super cool that Mardi Gras World offers free shuttles!
  • A touristy spot to hit when looking to see what the floats look like and how they are made for the Martis Gras parade. They have a cool CNC foam mill, but it wasn't working when I was there for an after-hours work dinner
  • I was working at Mardi Gras world me and another person was responsible for cleaning the building when they closed ,We worked our butts off ,But they just was giving us a hard way to go .They would hide trash under things intentionally putting white power substance all over the floor rugs and carpet ,Hand prints all over the glass doors ,But we just kept going doing our work and then out of nowhere they didn't want us there we are both black so I am trying not to think even though I have felt it numerous times that they are racist
  • Friendly staff. A fast ride through the history of madi gras. King cake sample was delicious.