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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
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Amazing Stop Off the Beaten Path

Stunning Warehouse where they make the floats for Mardi Gras each season. You see industry professionals at work and next years creations in progress. There is something to look... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stunning Warehouse where they make the floats for Mardi Gras each season. You see industry professionals at work and next years creations in progress. There is something to look at in every single inch of that space. It is not something on the tourist trap route. We wouldn't have ever known it existed if a local hadn't told us about... More 

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Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I give it a 5 Star in the Specialty category. There is an interesting and informative theater presentation with both early and recent parade videos and also the design process. Before the movie starts people can try on colorful costumes and take pictures. After the movie everyone gets a small slice of king cake and then it is on to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was fascinating to learn and see how they design and build the Mardi Gras floats and props. It was also interesting to learn that they design and build props for other businesses like Disney and Chik-Fil-A.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a warehouse! Its amazing how big this place is and even on the weekends you can catch people working, especially when you visit close to the Mardi Gras time of year. We took the tour in Jan/2016 and got to see some old stuff and new stuff under construction. The tour was very informative and you really got the... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great tour, it's about an hour long. You get to try on Mardi Gras costumes, watch a little video about the history, try some king cake and tour the facility. I think the tour guide can make or break the experience. Our tour guide was nice and informative but wasn't very pleasant and didn't let us ask too many questions... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Never heard of this place but found it on the hop-on, hop-off bus plus a coupon at the visitor's center. It was such fun seeing the process of making the figures for the floats and seeing some floats all ready to go. We took a guided tour which was full of interesting facts plus we had the chance to take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Isaac was our tour guide and did a great job of explaining Mardi Gras and the process of creating the parade. After the tour we were free to roam around and take as many pictures as we wanted. The free transportation is an awesome extra as well!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After jumping off the Charles St tram and catching an unexpected float parade at the end of Canal St (related to football and high school bands) we decided on the spur of the moment to visit the MGWR. We called them up and were told to go to one of a number of hotels on Canal St where they would... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was such a thrill to see how these large floats were put together. I felt like I couldn't take enough pictures. I loved seeing the artists at work and I also thought that it was really fascinating how the floats were put together. The king cake was good too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited yesterday, got the free shuttle from town, it's awkward to get to otherwise, very interesting short film, you get the chance to try on a costume and take photos and get a piece of cake, short informative tour of the floats and work in progress, enjoyable short excursion, want to go to the real Mardi Gras now!

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Staying in Garden District

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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.