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Mardi Gras World

1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
504-361-7821
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As featured in 3 days in New Orleans
Ranked #25 of 166 attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Mardi Gras World is the most unique attraction in America’s most uniquely attractive city. Come see how Mardi Gras is made and get up close to Mardi... more » Owner description: Mardi Gras World is the most unique attraction in America’s most uniquely attractive city. Come see how Mardi Gras is made and get up close to Mardi Gras' grandest floats and sculptures. « less
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Scarsdale, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went as a family of eight. They offer a free shuttle service, but the driver was extremely rude. I was inside the hotel lobby for a minute, and the shuttle driver did not bother to wait, so the rest of the family went ahead. The tour itself was interesting, but the overall staff at the front desk of the... More

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Allenhurst, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Truly enjoyed this tour! Very interesting to see how the floats are made, see finished floats and hear about the behind the scenes stuff! They even have a shuttle to pick you up and to take you back. A definite place to visit while in New Orleans!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Who knew we'd find the best NOLA tour guide behind the wheel of the MardiGras World shuttle bus. His name was Bolton - "like Michael Bolton" and he was the most knowledgable, friendly and entertaining driver you could ask for. He chattered away on the drive from The French Quarter to Mardi Gras World. It's about a 15 minute ride.... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A unique experience to learn all about the floats and various characters of Mardi Gras parades. It was wonderful to be up close and even be able to touch these beautiful creations. During the tour we learned a lot about the traditions and history. We went with a native who was even impressed!

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Waterford, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

There is a short video giving history and info on mardi gras parades, followed by guided tour of the warehouse/workshop. After tour, you have free rein to view the floats and sculptures. Very cool stuff inside. No seating or restrooms in the warehouse and I couldn't tell if you could come and go into the warehouse. We took the shuttle... More

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Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The shuttle bus was very difficult to book. We gave up on it and took the cable car from the french quarter. We had to walk a really far way from the last stop.....all the way through the mile long convention centrre then around the corner. There were loud screaming school groups there. You see a lot of the float... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

My friend and I are not big on drinking so we visited NOLA for the sights, attractions and tours. This attraction is located in the lower garden district so it is quite far from the tourist hotels. They offer a free shuttle from the FQ and were very accommodating in relation to modifying pick-up locations (they literally asked where we... More

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very nice tour and once the tour is over, you can go back through and take pictures if you desire. Learned a lot, especially about the Chick Fil Lay Cows and Mardi Gras floats. If you purchase your tickets on line, be sure to go to the ticket counter to receive your beads.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This venue is definitely well worth the time spent. I really had no idea there was so much that went into decorating the floats every year. One of those things that you really don't think about, but you just enjoy seeing the wonderful floats in the parades. The guide was very knowledgeable, and even though it was Sunday and no-one... More

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

There was so much more to Mardi Gras World than I had expected. Because It is an actual working establishment, you can see people painting, sculpting, etc.There is a short movie giving the companies history which I found quite interesting. If you opt to, you can try on the costumes; great fun for the kids. We even got King Cake... More

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