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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour provided by Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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Discover the secrets that go into putting on Mardi Gras in New Orleans on a guided tour of Mardi Gras World. Go behind the scenes to see the hard work, creativity, and months of planning needed to prepare for the annual celebration. Your guide details the history of Mardi Gras, and shows you elaborate props, costumes, and floats. Get photo ops with the finery, and sample some King Cake.
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  • You'll start at
    1380 Port of New Orleans Pl
    1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Departure Point: Shuttle transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations; please call tour operator for a list of pickup locations (contact details provided on confirmation voucher) Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.
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    Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    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
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  • You'll end at
    1380 Port of New Orleans Pl
    1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Departure Point: Shuttle transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations; please call tour operator for a list of pickup locations (contact details provided on confirmation voucher) Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.
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Highlights
  • Includes admission ticket to Mardi Gras World
  • Free shuttle available from select downtown New Orleans locations
  • Hear live commentary from the guide during the walking tour of the warehouse
  • Get a sense of Mardi Gras in New Orleans without the crowds
Important Information
Departure Point
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Duration
1h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Guided walking tour
  • Slice of King Cake
  • Shuttle pickup and drop-off from select downtown New Orleans locations
  • Entry/Admission - Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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joefocht53 wrote a review Oct. 19
Tamarac, Florida848 contributions42 helpful votes
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This is a great way to see how the Mardi Gras is planned for every year you learn what it take to make a float and hoe they reuse items again. You can see how they paint and the type of materials that are use to make them. Watchung the video you learn how important it is to the
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Joy D wrote a review Oct. 18
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We toured without a guide. Guessing this was due to COVID-19. Not sure why they could not wear mask and just use portable speaker. We enjoyed all there was to see and taking pictures made it even more enjoyable,
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Date of experience: October 2020
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California_momofsix wrote a review Oct. 14
Fairfield907 contributions366 helpful votes
We went because we are Disney fanatics and wanted to see how Disney floats are built. We didn't think Mardi Gras was for us since we don't drink. Visiting Mardi Gras world really changed my perception of Mardi Gras and I learned so much. I highly recommend visiting, even with
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Date of experience: July 2020
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milkdude1967 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Wapakoneta, Ohio19 contributions14 helpful votes
This was an excellent choice for us to do. It was fascinating and everyone was willing to answer questions. They also have a fabulous service in which they pick you up and drop you back off at your hotel and the driver actually took us to our next stop when finished!! I would
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Marybeth S wrote a review Sep. 2020
McDonough, Georgia47 contributions28 helpful votes
This was ok - started out with a movie, then we had a self guided tour through the workshop and float den. It was all self guided, i believe due to COVID so didn't learn much walking through, but did during the movie. Was fun to look at all the already made floats.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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By: Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
joefocht53
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great to see behind the scenes
Want to know what goes on behind the scenes in preparing for the mardi gras. This is the place to learn about a Ner
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Julieyoumean
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Spectacular
Luckily I visited here 2 weeks before the Mardi Gras and could see some artists doing final touches to the marvelou
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ttaylor2u2
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Festive and Cool
Firstly, it's not easy to get here without a car (unless you use the hop on/hop off bus tour stop). The warehouse
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Suzanne L
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Love it
Only takes about 90 minutes but fun and informative. You get a short film and a bit of King Cake along with the to
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Chesshyre
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Fun Family Trip
Great tour and would recommend to anyone who is visiting and wants to know some wonderful history and secrets. We
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jimaP4221IO
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Interesting to see up close
Recently went here and was great to see and learn about the floats. Really a must see while In New Orleans. Locat
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tnk9581
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So informative and Interesting
Shawn did a wonderful job leading our group through Mardis Gras World. He made it fun and interesting. It was nic
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Sara-Jane W
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Fantastic, loved seeing everything
We had a fantastic time at Mardi Gras world. It was great to see the floats and how they're made. Our guide was v
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Baronaroundtown
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Great interactive tour
We learned a lot about the float making process and took lots of photos. This is a work site so you have to be min
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lorky5
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Very interesting & free shuttle to & from
Very interesting a bout the history of Mardi Gras & floats, our guide was a native so that added to our experience
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Louise P
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Not a good value for money
The tour is interesting and it's nice to see all the floats and the decorations, but at $22 per person, plus $20 fo
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bobca1947
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Mardi Gras Heaven!
I really enjoyed my tour of this very unique magical world learning about Mardi Gras history, floats and traditions
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liberrygal
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Good tour guide
We had to wait a bit for our shuttle to Mardi Gras World since the roads were blocked for a parade. The staff at Ma
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Cmdguitar
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Craftsmanship at its peak
Yes it’s a tourist trap but what a beautiful one it is. We went the week before the large parades roll through town
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betsyprice83
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Mardi Gras floats
The place makes most of the floats for the Mardi Gras parades as well as other things. Our trip was during the Mar
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