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. Arrange your visit to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and discover more family-friendly attractions in New Orleans using our New Orleans holiday maker app.
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  • I saw this place on the Amazing Race and I wanted to visit. When I did go I was fascinated not only by the number and style of floats, but we got to see the process of how the floats were made. It... 
    I saw this place on the Amazing Race and I wanted to visit. When I did go I was fascinated not only by the number and style of floats, but we got to see the process of how the floats were made. It...  more »
  • This was a fascinating glimpse into how the parades get pulled together. The introductory film is just what you need to set the context - and the piece of king cake they give you is a nice treat... 
    This was a fascinating glimpse into how the parades get pulled together. The introductory film is just what you need to set the context - and the piece of king cake they give you is a nice treat...  more »
  • We had a very good time. The video prior to the “tour” was very informative. The king cake at the end of the video was a nice plus. We went on a Sunday so none of the artists were working but we were....  more
    We had a very good time. The video prior to the “tour” was very informative. The king cake at the end of the video was a nice plus. We went on a Sunday so none of the artists were working but we were....  more »
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  • Super neat place! I went for a private event so I didn't have the experience someone would who just walked in, but nonetheless, seeing the floats and how they are constructed was just so cool! The detail is incredible and even more amazing on how the process works. So many neat pieces made of historic and pop culture references. If you can't make it to a parade to see them live or if you enjoyed a parade so much you want to get a closer look, this place is definitely worth checking out!
  • One of my favorite things I've done in NO. The 15 minute video presentation really explained how everything was made. Then you walk through the warehouse and look at pieces being started to finished pieces. If you enjoy parades you'll enjoy this. I drove myself so parking was 20. Which was almost the whole cost to do this tour.
  • Definitely utilize the free shuttle to get there. It's in a weird area that would be hard for tourist to find. I loved the movie showing how the designs are made. The designs are spectacular but the exhibit was easily done within 20 minutes. Not much interaction after the movie.
  • It was cool! It only took about about 30 minutes to look at everything and we had a good time exploring and taking pictures. The shuttle (while it was convenient) was very poor. The driver was rude and not helpful.
  • Neat little place! Nice way to get a taste of what Mardi Gras is all about. It was especially cool seeing people actively working on the floats! I do think the cost to get in was a bit much ($44 for two people), especially considering it’s a general warehouse that people are working out of any way, and when you walk around, it’s self-guided (and it isn’t set up as a museum of any sort where you get the info about each item - you just look at the floats - so it doesn’t take long to walk through). Regardless though, we still left glad that we checked it out as part of the NOLA experience!

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