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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Closed Now: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in New Orleans
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130-1805
Garden District
+1 504-361-7821
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 20, 2004

My 20-year-old daughter and I went to Mardi Gras World on June 17. It was really enjoyable. The ferry ride over from the Riverside area dock (by the aquarium) is quick and fun and priced right (it's free). The ferry leaves every half-hour. A van...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 27, 2011

PROS: entertaining 1.5 hour attraction. Colorful photo ops. Kids can dress up and have pics taken with props. Excellent examples of parade floats and giant figures. Right by the Mississsippi river. CONS: expensive. Antiquated film about mardi gras. $10 Parking fee (there is no other...More

5  Thank Big_bro_1_usa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is a must see experience! You call them 504-361-7821 & they will pick you up in a free air conditioned shuttle bus at several locations. Our pick up stop was at the Omni Riverfront Hotel near the Riverwalk Mall. You...More

Thank magic_carpets
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There is parking close by in lot J - it’s expensive though $15. The tour was great - learnt loads about Mardi Gras - you get time afterwards to explore and take photos. Worth a visit.

Thank livinglifetothefull1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not all the adults in my group loved this but it is interesting and so different from the California Rose Parade. You will learn how th giant floats are made and remade and about the crews which commission them.

Thank gbucky
Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed checking out Mardi Gras World....lots to see and quite impressive to watch the workers bringing floats and character to life!! Once the guided tour ended we roamed around and took lots of pictures!! Free shuttle back to your hotel or dropped off...More

Thank MarkMac69
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fun tour to see inside story of Mardi Gras floats being built/recycled into new floats. Best to do guided tour - learn so much more than just walking through. Call for shuttle pickup. Free! And much easier than trying to find the place yourself. Hop...More

Thank Peggy H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a dinner at this facility and we barely made it to the dinner looking at all of the floats! These are amazing and so finely detailed. It's one thing to see the floats in a parade but to see them up close was...More

Thank nini13132018
Reviewed 6 days ago

See the Mardi Gras floats up close. You also get to them being made. The whole experience is awesome. They have a free shuttle from the hotels in the Quarter to the museum

Thank dw221a
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you begin the tour, they take you to watch a short video on the history of Mardi Gras and how floats have evolved over the years. Next, we got to try some delicious king cake and then we were off to see all the...More

Thank billsmyname
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mardi Grad World is a great insight into Mardi Grad. Fascinating behind the scenes your of how the floats are created. Beautiful art work.

Thank Kerry D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a tour through a working Mardi Gras float manufacturer. See and learn about history of Mardi Gras and how the floats are constructed. Many, many displays. King cake at end!

Thank Gerald W
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Bruce M
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Response from MIOreos18 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure about whether you can walk around without taking the tour. I honestly wouldn't want to because the tour is incredible and after it was over, we could then go back in and walk around to anything we wanted to... More
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Response from Joseph W | Reviewed this property |
They do have a gift shop but most of the items are mass produced for tourist trade. There are several places in New Orleans however where you can find authentic masks.