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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130-1805
Phone Number: 504-361-7821
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Mardi Gras World is the most unique attraction in America’s most uniquely...

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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Absolutely loved our visit to Mardi Gras World! Made me appreciate all that goes into making one of the beautiful floats. Learned so much about the tradition and history of Mardi... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved our visit to Mardi Gras World! Made me appreciate all that goes into making one of the beautiful floats. Learned so much about the tradition and history of Mardi Gras too. Only had an hour to spend here but I will definitely be back as there is so much to see and to have time to browse in... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This attraction is a short shuttle bus ride to the "factory" where they make the floats that are used in the annual Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. The cost is less than $20 each and includes being picked up by the shuttle. You get a guided tour of the facility and get a quick history lesson about Mardi Gras.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited with our convention group on a guided tour. Really informative and interesting. Nice statues and sliders. beautiful place to visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In reviewing their website I discovered they had a free shuttle, it was for the French Quarter and we were in the Garden District, so we had to pay $10 to park. After paying our admission we were basically just ignored. I asked where we needed to be for the next tour and we were told to stand over by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This warehouse is where the majority of the floats are created and constructed for New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras celebration. I am from New Orleans and experienced parades every years for all of my childhood and young adulthood, but I loved this tour and this experience of being among the past and future float creations of Mardi Gras. A must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove over, easy parking, interesting movie, and tour was so much fun! Staff was knowledge and found answers to my questions. We now have a better understanding of what Mardi Gras is and why it's celebrated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Trip and Tour, if you are staying in The French Quarter there is a free shuttle that picks up from your Hotel and returns you. At the Bourbon Orleans get coupons from the concierge, $2 off your entry ticket each. Tour lasts an hour and includes a movie, before the movie you have a opportunity to put on a... More 

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Good fun entertaining and educational..on arriving and paying you have a small wait and then get ushered into a room and get to try on a few costumes and then watch a short film and eat some cake . After this you get shown around where they design make and paint everything and then your allowed to walk around the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get ready to learn all about Mardi Gras in New Orleans. You will see the whole process of float building including the artists at work. There's a film about the history of this holiday and a guided tour through the facility. Then you can wander among gigantic spiders and King Kong and a variety of mythological creatures. It is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A highlight of our vacation in New Orleans was a visit to a factory that makes the colorful, elaborate floats for the annual parade. Following a video, our guide led us through a workplace the size of an aircraft hangar, where we watched artists design, mold and paint mythic figures and animals. On display were giant likenesses of favorite athletes,... More 

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Garden District
Head to the Garden District for the full-on New Orleans experience replete with quaintly clanking streetcars, proudly grandiose antebellum mansions, picture perfect avenues lined with live oaks loaded down with Spanish moss, and a wealth of beautiful churches and many more architectural marvels. Even a brief excursion here makes plain why it’s called the Garden District. So, when you visit be sure to give yourself ample time for admiration at a languidly slow pace befitting such gentile strand of riverside living and to allow you to maximize each opportunity to stop and smell the roses – and whichever other blooms you might come across. While taking it all in, you’d do well to dine at one of the city’s most beloved destinations for regional cuisine. Gourmands from far and wide (and right round the corner) swear the age-old Commander’s Palace is the best restaurant in town – and have been doing so since it opened back in 1880.
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