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“See Mardis Gras before the crowds ...”

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
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Mardi Gras World: Behind-the-Scenes Tour in New Orleans
Ranked #19 of 371 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 22, 2014

What fun to be behind the scenes and see how the magnificent Mardi Gras floats & characters are designed, assembled and finished for the month of Mardi Gras parades... Some 80+ parades throughout New Orleans in the various districts! Great video at beginning of tour that gives an overview of Mardi Gras, followed with an opportunity to watch the artists prepare the floats....Amazing! Put it on your must see list if you aren't going to be in N.O. for Mardi Gras.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

I'm not a big Mardi Gras person, but for some reason I wanted to see Mardi Gras World. The tour offers an informative video history and a guided tour of the warehouse that points out some of the features of the floats built and stored there.

What I found the most fascinating was learning how the artists conceive, prototype, and build a float concept.

Overall it's a mediocre experience. And at $20 per adult, I found it very overpriced. At $10 pp, maybe. At $20 pp. I'm not sure it's worth it.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

They will send a shuttle to pick you up in the French Quarter - very convenient. Tour was fascinating and it was great being able to wander, observe the artists, and take photos of the floats and sculptures. Worthwhile if you want to know more about Mardi Gras!

Thank amyhannah84
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

It was a cold rainy day in NOLA when we decided to visit Mardi Gras World. We called them and got picked up at our hotel (that part is free). This was our 1-st time in NOLA and we didn't know much about Mardi Gras. The MGW is a giant warehouse, where artists work on the next Mardi Gras floats. There are also examples of decorations from previous Mardi Gras parades. They also show a short informative movie about history of MG in NOLA.
Overall not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. They also dropped us back at our hotel (free).
Each hotel has a box with discount cards for NOLA attractions, find the one for MGW and use it for $2 off each admission.

2  Thank MargaretS07
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

If you arent from NOLA you probably dont have any idea how they stage all the dozens of incredible parades every year. Take a tour of Mardi Gras World and you will find out how all the fun happens. Really fun tour and their shuttle will take you to and from the Quarter.

Thank Tom D
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