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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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Garden District
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Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number:
+1 504-361-7821
09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Great tour to learn about Mardi Gras history and how parade floats are made. We saw floats/units being prepared for this year and sampled King cake.

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Quad Cities, Illinois
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Quad Cities, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour to learn about Mardi Gras history and how parade floats are made. We saw floats/units being prepared for this year and sampled King cake.

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Miramar Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are not in town for Mardi Gras, you definitely must go to Mardi Gras World. This is where they make and store the Mardi Gras floats. There is an excellent tour and briefing on float construction and the history. It is conveniently located at the far end of the Morial Convention Center with ample parking or you could... More 

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

wonderful--we had a great time with our behind the scenes tour guide and photo ops. Lucky us it was the start of Mardi Gras season and the staff had king cake for us to sample! It's a must!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was so cool! Who knew the prep that goes into the floats. A fascinating behind the scenes look at Mardi Gras. It was neat to see actual work going on to create these masterpieces and how they are reused and modified.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour was the next best thing to going to Mardi Gras! Would I rather go to Mardi Gras, yes.... To actually see the making, designing and painting of the floats, it was pretty cool. The price of admission was okay, I kinda wish kids were less, or they had a family discount. For a family of Five, it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great to see some of the parade floats under construction. Well worth the visit and accessible by the hop on hop off tour bus, trolley or easy walking distance from the CBD or French quarter

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were here middle of Jan. and it was great! There were floats that were just about done. After the parades they paint them white and take everything off so I am sure if you toured in say July there would not be much to look at but we loved it and watching the artists work was great.

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you can't take part in a Mardi Gras parade, this is the next best option. You will get to put on a Mardi Gras costume and take pics with props; learn how the floats are made and see it in action; learn about the parades themselves; and see many props that were made in the past. There is also... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mardi Gras world is a little out of the way-We ubered out to the port district to see this museum/warehouse of sorts. The mardi gras paper mache figurines are everywhere and quite remarkable! Inside the tour you can watch the artisans working on specific pieces. We would have done the tour but each ticket was very pricey-around $20. Since we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been visiting New Orleans once a year for 20 years but never during Mardi Gras. The massive crowds are just not for us. Our first time to visit Mardis Gras World and we really enjoyed it. Convenient shuttle picks up and delivers in 5 locations around French Quarter. Senior discount offered and discount coupon from a city map... More 

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