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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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    What to Expect
    Begin your behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World by hopping on the shuttle at one of the 20 stops in central New Orleans. Shuttles run every half hour from each location from morning until mid-afternoon, so you can easily fit your 90 minute excursion into a day of sightseeing. 

    Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your guide, an expert in all things Mardi Gras. Get inspired by the warehouses and ‘float dens,’ studio spaces where designers create elaborate floats for the festival’s 40-plus parades. Learn the meanings behind the symbols and design details, and check out the incredible planning and labor that goes into constructing each float. 

    You’ll come away with a greater understanding of Mardi Gras, a beloved and deep‐rooted tradition that is now the largest cultural celebration in the U.S. Before heading back to town on the shuttle, get a photo with your favorite float and try on some fun festival costumes—and don’t forget to grab a delicious slice of King Cake.
    Free French Quarter Shuttle Stops

    1. Cafe Du Monde, 800 Decatur St.

    2. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St.

    3. Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 415 Dauphine St.

    4. Hotel Le Marais, 717 Conti St.

    5. Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville St.

    6. Basin St. Station, 501 Basin St.

    Free Downtown Shuttle Route

    1. Mardi Gras World Shuttle Stop

    2. Marriott on Canal St.

    3. Astor Crowne Plaza

    4. Ritz-Carlton Maison Orleans

    5. Roosevelt New Orleans

    6. Le Pavillon Hotel

    7. Drury Inn & Suites

    8. Whitney Wyndham

    9. Staybridge Suites

    10. Loews New Orleans

    11. Harrah's Hotel

    12. Hilton New Orleans Riverside

    13. Omni Riverfront Hotel

    14. Marriott Convention Center

    15. Hampton Inn & Suites

    16. Hyatt Place

    17. Mardi Gras World
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    This was well worth the $! This gives an interesting look at the history of carnival season and how the beauty of the floats come to life!

    Thank kharriscrowell
    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    We went to Mardi Gras this year so this tour was kind of interesting to see how the floats are made. We learned a lot but kind of disappointed to not see any artists creating. But it was worth the trip!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank RLC515
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Your tour starts with a video on the history and interesting information on Mardi Gras. The tour itself is though out their buildings Giving you an opportunity to watch them working on next years floats, and then actually seeing a few floats used in this...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank fish65
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We found this tour and thought it would be fun and interesting and it certainly was!! Check out the free shuttle which is wonderful to and from the warehouse with many stops. The tour takes you through the studio where the artists actively work on...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Linda S
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Loved it - while it sounds inconvenient to have to call for a shuttle to pick you up - it actually wasn't that bad and from the time I called it took him less than 5 minutes for pick up from the Hilton. The driver...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank atntcolorado
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    13 August 2019|
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    Response from Mary D | Reviewed this property |
    You can just purchase your tickets as you arrive. We were there just after Mardi Gras and had no trouble getting in to see it. There is a free shuttle from most hotels or at the end of Canal Street. Just call them.
    Robyn G
    26 May 2019|
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    Response from Petrea969 | Reviewed this property |
    We also called for free pick up and bought tickets there
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