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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more

Overview

Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. See the behind-the-scenes work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for the annual celebration. With a guide, learn the history of the event, and see fantastic floats and props. Get a picture in front of your favorite float, dress up in costumes, and sample some classic King Cake.
  • Tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans
  • See where New Orleans’ amazing Mardi Gras floats are made
  • Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose in front of the floats, and savor a slice of traditional King Cake
  • Learn about the history of Mardi Gras from your guide
  • Pickup from downtown New Orleans provided
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Guided walking tour
Slice of King Cake
Shuttle pickup and drop-off from select downtown New Orleans locations
Gratuities

Departure Point

1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

9:30am - 3:30pm
Tours occur every half hour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
Hop on the complimentary shuttle from any of its 20 convenient downtown New Orleans locations. When you arrive at Mardi Gras World, located on the beautiful riverfront, you’ll be greeted by your friendly, knowledgeable guide for a 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of this famous facility. Explore the warehouses where artisans create spectacular Mardi Gras floats that are used in more than 40 parades each year. Admire the intricate designs and vibrant colors of these interesting, one-of-a-kind creations as your guide explains their meanings. Wandering through these magical studio spaces, you’ll see firsthand the skillful craftsmanship that goes into every float, giving you unique insight into the hard work, creativity and extensive planning that goes into such a grand celebration. Your guide will teach you about the history of this unique and festive tradition that goes beyond its modern-day reputation of wild celebration antics. Snap photos in front of the floats, pose with props, and try on Mardi Gras costumes with your friends and family. Top your experience off with a piece of King Cake, a delicious Mardi Gras tradition! -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- 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
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour does not operate on Mardi Gras Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and Easter
  • Completed floats may not be along the tour route the week leading up to Fat Tuesday
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mardi Gras World

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The floats are amazing, it's a great tour for young and old alike." See review
  • "The site itself is fascinating and a bit to be missed if you want a look behind Madri Gras." See review

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Add it to your “to-do” list!
Daneene_H
, May 2021
This is a self-guided tour. Pretty cool to see where all the floats are made. It’s an important part of a trip to New Orleans - after all, who doesn’t think of parades and Mardi Gras?!
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star-5
Fun!!
CynD
, May 2021
We were super impressed! Tons of cool stuff. Great way to spend an afternoon. Cake was delish too! :)
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Interesting
Michelle_T
, May 2021
Friendly staff and the short film was interesting as well. The cake was good!! We enjoyed taking the tour on our own so we could take as many pics and stop and look as often as we like.
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star-3
Cool to see atleast once
Amanda_B
, May 2021
I thought it was pretty cool. The king cake was a nice touch, and the 15 min background video helped. It's self guided and some are a little hard to see and dusty and all that, but this is obviously a work space as well, which is neat as well. In general, it was pretty cool and the back sitting area where you can see the Mississippi River was an unexpected bonus. I messaged them 2ce for a shuttle and absolutely no response. It was $15 to park literally across the street in an empty parking lot. Still, it was pretty cool to see the floats up front. Something to do once for sure.
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Not enough for the buck
Kenneth_H
, May 2021
A guide through the warehouse would help the efficacy of the tour. On your own, the ‘stuff’ is interesting but it could be more enlightening.
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star-5
Wonderful
mercymac2
, May 2021
This was a wonderful experience. Up close to beautiful floats and the incredible artistry. My teenage son and I had a great time and enjoyed our king cake.
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star-5
Fun behind the scenes look at Mardi Gras
Brian_P
, May 2021
Really neat to see the behind the scenes work for Marco Gras. The artistry and craftsmanship is terrific. Not sure if you get to see the artists in action in a weekday but that would have been the best. Definitely worth the time.
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star-4
Fun photo ops!
TashaDuong
, Apr 2021
The staff there is super nice and the facility is huge! I like that they had a shuttle to pick you up at certain locations! Those I wish was sent to me before my tour date but I ended up finding it on their website. The tour itself was very simple and fun to see all floats from past Mardi Gras parades
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star-5
Great Tour
Jeanelle_C
, Apr 2021
This was informative and I recommend this tour to everyone. You get to see first hand the floats and the detail that was put into them.
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Great experience
L_X_G
, Apr 2021
All the huge float pieces Liked the video on how it got started. You really want me to do this survey and I don't want to so don't make this box a minimum requirement
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