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Mardi Gras World, New Orleans

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Set alongside the Mississippi River, 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 Mardi Gras World and other attractions in New Orleans.
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  • My two sons (ages 21 & 23) and I visited Mardi Gras World and enjoyed the experience. We came away adding participation in a parade to our bucket list! If you are going to visit be sure to take the to...  more »
  • I paid for my daughter and I which was $32. We didn't want to wait another half hour for the next tour so we took the self guided one. Took us LITERALLY 5min. We stopped and saw the movie afterwards w...  more »
  • Great little tour through a warehouse of current and past props, floats and watching artists at work .  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.