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“They let you wander around guide-free” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
504-361-7821
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #24 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
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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 Gras' grandest floats and sculptures.
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New York City
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“They let you wander around guide-free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This place was great for many reasons - You learn the history behind Mardi Gras - You get to see people working on upcoming floats - You get a guided tour around the entire complex - and then they let you wander around on your own! You can explore down all the aisles and take photos and talk to the people making the floats. I wasn't expecting it to be that fun, but it was. Great time.

Visited October 2012
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“Mardis Gras... All Year Long”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you are interested in doing something that is completely unique to New Orleans, then Mardi Gras World is at the top of the list!

Do you ever wonder where the articulate floats from the parades come from, or how they are created? You will find the answer to those musings and more... where they are actually made, housed, and restored each year.

This is fun for the entire family! Visitors will receive a plethora of information through both video and tour guides, may try on costumes and pose for photographs, eat King Cake, and tour the enormous warehouse, where artists may actually be viewed at work.

And there is even free transportation from various locations! This is a must-do!
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port Of New Orleans Place
888-492-0650
www.mardisgrasworld.com

Visited September 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“A good stop for parade backgrounds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

If you like parades, you'll want to take this tour. It's slightly pricey, but everything in NOLA is. You get to see floats close-up without all the screaming and flying beads. It's very interesting to see the large blocks of foam being sculpted into different characters and shapes.

The first stop: you get to slip into some one-sized costumes and pose with a character. This will be a big hit with all of Facebook!

And if you are a tuba player, the MGW souvenir T-shirt depicts a parade with a marching band.

Visited December 2011
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Conway, Arkansas
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“What's Mardi Gras?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Well it wouldn't be much without the Blaine Kern company and the floats and decorations they make. The warehouse/factory is now on the New Orleans side of the river. They offer free pickup from the Canal Steet area and French Market. Just ask any local or flag them down. The tour lasts about an hour and a video at the beginning tells about Mardi Gras and how they make the beautiful parade floats. Then you go to the warehouse and see the real artists at work. Consider it wellworth the money spent to take this tour.

Visited November 2012
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“So interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This was one of the best tours that I've done anywhere as far as learning new information about Mardi Gras itself. It's a working warehouse and there were artists working as we toured. You get a free slice of king cake at the end and they have a bar. I highly recommend the frozen coke with rum! Also the free shuttle picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off at the French Market. This is a must-do if you are new to NOLA.

Visited November 2012
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