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Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World

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2,545 Reviews
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA, 70160

The Basics

The museum’s founder, Blaine Kern, built his first parade float with his father way back in 1932. After a long career building lavish, intricate floats, “Mr. Mardi Gras” as Kern is known, decided to open his collection to the public and launched the museum in 1989.

Visitors can tour the artists’ workshops, where huge sculptures are crafted in Styrofoam and see some of the most famous floats and costumes from previous years. Behind-the-scenes tours run throughout the day. You can pair a visit to the museum with a jazz-themed brunch river cruise.

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Must do!!!
JEM, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Awesome time from beginning to end!!!! Transportation driver was awesome and so was the staff at Mardi Gras World!!
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Fun
Kelly_G, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Lots of fun seeing the floats. Very, very hot in July. Family friendly. Not in a touristy sight. Has bathrooms and beverages for sale.
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Absolutely Don't Miss This!!!
Kristi_S, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
This Madri Gras tour is a MUST see in NOLA!! The Kern family is top notch in what they do and in customer service! It truly is spectacular!
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Great pics
Allens, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Great film on the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Floats in warehouse were awesome and fun to poise with.
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Best tour guide Gary and tour!!
Stephanie_K, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
We took over a bus with 31 dancers and parents and loved every minute of this tour with GARY!! Gary was the BEST tour guide full of information! He gave more information and history we didn’t even know we could get in that time frame! He also gave us amazing food recommendations that we then had after the tour! Best tour ever!!
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Experience is key
Kim_B, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
One of the best tours we went on! The colors were so vibrant, I just wish it was longer! Even my teenagers loved what they saw and the different floats!
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Interesting Fun
Heather, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
So interesting to see the phases of float building great friendly staff Loved Buzz Lightbeer Recommend to any Mardi Gras enthusiast
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Amazing! Who knew this was a thing!
Lauri_T, Jul 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
What amazing work! So cool to see the work space. I can’t imagine the fun those employees have daily! A must do if in New Orleans!
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A different experience!
Jaclyn_C, Jun 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Very fun and cool experience! Felt like I was in behind the scenes at Disney. You start with getting beads as your “ticket” and some kings cake. You watch a short clip and then get to walk around a medium sized warehouse at your own pace looking at the cool sculptures and taking picture. Gift shop also had cool novelty things: I would give it 5 stars but I thought it was a little over priced.
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Go do this and kids like it too
James_C, Jun 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
All staff for Mardi Gras were nice, polite and very helpful. Facility was excellent. Working people were interesting
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A Peek at Mardi Gras Splendor
Robert_S, Jun 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Fantastic imagination and execution of creative worker bees. The scale and colorful genius of these artesams is eye popping.
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Great experience!
Rachel_M, Jun 2021
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
The area we got to see was smaller than I expected, but we still had a great time. They show a short movie in the beginning to give history and we really liked that. The king cake was also delicious! It was very interesting to see up close the process of what goes into the props for the floats. All-in-all, great experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Book your tour in advance and enjoy free shuttle service to and from the museum.

  • Discounted tickets are available for seniors, students, and children.

  • Make sure you try a slice of “king cake,” a delicious brioche-style dough topped with colorful icing.

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How to Get There

The museum is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, at the bottom of Henderson Street in the Central Business District. There is paid parking available opposite the museum, or you can take the free shuttle bus as part of a prebooked tour. Alternatively, you can ride the streetcar. The nearest stop is Hilton Riverside Hotel, a short walk away.

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When to Get There

Mardi Gras World is open seven days a week year-round, from 9am–5:30pm. The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Mardi Gras.

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Experience the Magic of Mardi Gras

For an unforgettable experience, visit New Orleans in February or early March (the exact dates change each year) for the annual Mardi Gras festival. For two weeks, city streets come alive with music, dancing, and parades of gigantic Mardi Gras floats. Revelers wear elaborate costumes, and the fun culminates in a huge party on Mardi Gras day, also known as Fat Tuesday.

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