For some reason I was reluctant to visit Mardi Gras World. I thought it would be boring and tacky, but my teenagers were looking for something to do, so we decided to go. I lived near New Orleans as a child, and went to Mardi Gras several times, and it was interesting to revisit it at Mardi Grad world. We took the guided tour, which was well worth the money. There was a short informative video that gave my kids (and others who don't know anything about Mardi Gras) a great introduction. It also spoke of how it has changed since the 70s when i was here. The tour provided guest with a chance to try on Mardi Gras costumes. We didn't, but had fun watching others. The best part was the tour of the huge warehouse itself. The guide narrated as we walked, but what i enjoyed the most was learning how the floats are made and getting to watch people at work for this year's Mardi Gras parade. Watching artists make the flowers out of poster board or sculpt out of Styrofoam was fun to see.