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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130-1805
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+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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The spot to learn about Mardi Gras floats

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great behind the scenes adventure! You get to see and gently touch the floats for Marci Gras. Very interesting tour explains how everything is made and you can take pictures galore. Fun for kids too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed trying on all of the costumes and tasting the king cake. It was really neat to see how all of the floats were made and take pic of all of the props.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an actual working business. You walk around getting to see them work on the floats. There are many pieces and actual floats all around you. The sizes, color, and real life view is totally worth the trip. Their tour is fabulous with so much history and truly interesting. An excellent gift shop too.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Who knew so much time, effort and money went in to the Mardi Gras parades? Our guide was very knowledgable and unraveled some of the mystery behind krewes, the parades and the balls, how people join them and how they raise money for their activities. As a Canadian I can truthfully say that I had absolutely no clue it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Free shuttle is easy to grab; just call them and they'll tell you where to go and how long it will take. Video is informative about the history and process of this unique celebration. Floats are eerily beautiful and the process of building them is fun to watch. A bit on the pricey side, but hey, it's vacation.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A little over priced but a cool experience to see the floats if you don't go for mardi gras. If you have an extra 45-60 minutes in your trip and are a student and the rate is cheaper and totally worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited NoLa in a season without Mardi Gras, so this place helped me imagine how it is. They organize free transportation from Canal Street and back, but you can best call them so they know that you want to come. They show a nice video about Mardi Gras, key you taste King Cake, give you a tour with explanation.... More 

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