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Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World

1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA, 70160

The Basics

The museum’s founder, Blaine Kern, built his first parade float with his father way back in 1932. After a long career building lavish, intricate floats, “Mr. Mardi Gras” as Kern is known, decided to open his collection to the public and launched the museum in 1989.

Visitors can tour the artists’ workshops, where huge sculptures are crafted in Styrofoam and see some of the most famous floats and costumes from previous years. Behind-the-scenes tours run throughout the day. You can pair a visit to the museum with a jazz-themed brunch river cruise.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
star-4.5
$22.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Tons of photo ops
Definitely kid friendly and lots of photo opportunities. Had the opportunity to see staff working on floats and they were super friendly and answered our questions
Michelle_P, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-4
Very Good Tour For The Price
KMickey, Aug 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Overall a very good tour! Would have liked a little more guidance as the tour was self-guided. I would suggest adding information about the year the floats and props were used. tour better to explain how the different floats were used and the year/s they were used in Mardi Gras. The warehouse was a bit dusty but interesting. We found ourselves just wondering around.
star-4
Madi Gras Tour
Sylvia_G, Aug 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
It was very interesting to see how the floats were made and recycled. Lots of good photo props. Good experience.
star-5
Must do!!!
JEM, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Awesome time from beginning to end!!!! Transportation driver was awesome and so was the staff at Mardi Gras World!!
star-4
Excellent Mardi Gras look
Mary_N, Aug 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Great to see so many of the different floats and parts of other floats. Also interesting to see how they are built.
star-4
Go at your own pace
SheDat, Aug 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
This was a great experience. We especially enjoyed not being chaperoned. But there were no costumes to try on as said in the description and it is extremely hot in the warehouse.
star-5
Fun
Kelly_G, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Lots of fun seeing the floats. Very, very hot in July. Family friendly. Not in a touristy sight. Has bathrooms and beverages for sale.
star-5
Great pics
Allens, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Great film on the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Floats in warehouse were awesome and fun to poise with.
star-5
Absolutely Don't Miss This!!!
Kristi_S, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
This Madri Gras tour is a MUST see in NOLA!! The Kern family is top notch in what they do and in customer service! It truly is spectacular!
star-5
Best tour guide Gary and tour!!
Stephanie_K, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
We took over a bus with 31 dancers and parents and loved every minute of this tour with GARY!! Gary was the BEST tour guide full of information! He gave more information and history we didn’t even know we could get in that time frame! He also gave us amazing food recommendations that we then had after the tour! Best tour ever!!
star-5
Experience is key
Kim_B, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
One of the best tours we went on! The colors were so vibrant, I just wish it was longer! Even my teenagers loved what they saw and the different floats!
star-4
Interesting Fun
Heather, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
So interesting to see the phases of float building great friendly staff Loved Buzz Lightbeer Recommend to any Mardi Gras enthusiast
star-5
Amazing! Who knew this was a thing!
Lauri_T, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
What amazing work! So cool to see the work space. I can’t imagine the fun those employees have daily! A must do if in New Orleans!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Book your tour in advance and enjoy free shuttle service to and from the museum.

  • Discounted tickets are available for seniors, students, and children.

  • Make sure you try a slice of “king cake,” a delicious brioche-style dough topped with colorful icing.

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How to Get There

The museum is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, at the bottom of Henderson Street in the Central Business District. There is paid parking available opposite the museum, or you can take the free shuttle bus as part of a prebooked tour. Alternatively, you can ride the streetcar. The nearest stop is Hilton Riverside Hotel, a short walk away.

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When to Get There

Mardi Gras World is open seven days a week year-round, from 9am–5:30pm. The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Mardi Gras.

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Experience the Magic of Mardi Gras

For an unforgettable experience, visit New Orleans in February or early March (the exact dates change each year) for the annual Mardi Gras festival. For two weeks, city streets come alive with music, dancing, and parades of gigantic Mardi Gras floats. Revelers wear elaborate costumes, and the fun culminates in a huge party on Mardi Gras day, also known as Fat Tuesday.

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