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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Mardi Gras World: Behind-the-Scenes Tour in New Orleans

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A must see.

If you're going to New Orleans you MUST visit this place. You get dressed up for the parade eat king cake see the floats and on mom- Fri you can even make your own Mardi Gras... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Evansville, Indiana
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Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're going to New Orleans you MUST visit this place. You get dressed up for the parade eat king cake see the floats and on mom- Fri you can even make your own Mardi Gras mask. It's so cool to see just how they make all the floats and to get up close to all of them. We had... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was great to see some of the amazing work that goes into creating Mardi Gras! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the displays and was very accommodating.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great history and behind the scenes information on Mardi Gras!! You watch a short video regarding the history of the event and our guide added additional information on the groups who put the parades on. You actually get to tour the workshop where the props for the floats get created. Depending on what day you visit there are workers just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came to New Orleans for the OYPC convention and the floats were nothing like I have ever seen, I did go there for an evening event, The best thing i can suggest is if you are also there for an evening event, also take a tour of the floats (In the day time, they have no A/C where the floats... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great trip and learning experience. They do much more than Mardi Gras floats The tour is quick an informative and you have plenty of time to roam around and look and take photos.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're unable to go to the real Mardi Gras, this definitely gives you a taste of it. Seeing the floats up close is fun and the process of making them is fascinating. It's a great venue right on the river. Costumes to try on too! Fun for every age.

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georgetown texas usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We called to arrange a visit to Mardi Gras World and a shuttle collected us outside Cafe du Monde. It was very hot so the free ride was handy. It was very interesting to see how the floats are made and designed, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was our favorite part of our visit.

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Hixson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed this site and how much we learned about the parade floats and those who ride on them. We toured the working warehouse with a guide, but were free to return to any area for further viewing after our guide finished. We also viewed a film and even... More 

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Waterman, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Mardi Gras World in the afternoon during the week. To my surprise there were several people there, but not too crowded. We started with the privilege to try on the actual costumes of the float riders and take photos, followed by an informative movie of the makings of Mardi Gras World. We were then served a piece of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a pricey little tour for not too much time, but it was fun and whimsical. Many years ago the Mardi Gras floats/props museum seemed to encompass more, but that was before Sandy. It's still well worth the trip and fee to see the larger than life characters and props they put on floats. Did you know that each... More 

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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.