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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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New Orleans, United States
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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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

Departure Point

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

Arrive using your own transportation or take the free shuttle. Transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations. A list can be found on your ticket. Shuttles run every half hour from each location from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.

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.
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. 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!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mardi Gras World
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "The floats are amazing, it's a great tour for young and old alike." See review
  • "Its a self guided tour with a lot of photo opportunities, would be nice to talk to some workers if you have questions." See review
  • "This Madri Gras tour is a MUST see in NOLA!!" See review


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Refund me please
, Oct 2021
We got there and they were not open. Y’all sold me tickets to a place that was not open. I would like you to refund me please.
Place is Closed indefinitely!
, Oct 2021
The place is closed indefinitely. Why are you selling tickets when they are closed. Please issue a refund
Mardi Gras world closed need refund
, Oct 2021
You owe me my ticket price -17$ Mardi Gras is closed due to damage from hurricane ida -!!!!!!!Yet you sold me at ticket to tour it-!!!im waiting on a refund -!!!
Very Good Tour For The Price
, Aug 2021
Overall a very good tour! Would have liked a little more guidance as the tour was self-guided. I would suggest adding information about the year the floats and props were used. tour better to explain how the different floats were used and the year/s they were used in Mardi Gras. The warehouse was a bit dusty but interesting. We found ourselves just wondering around.
Madi Gras Tour
, Aug 2021
It was very interesting to see how the floats were made and recycled. Lots of good photo props. Good experience.
Excellent Mardi Gras look
, Aug 2021
Great to see so many of the different floats and parts of other floats. Also interesting to see how they are built.
Go at your own pace
, Aug 2021
This was a great experience. We especially enjoyed not being chaperoned. But there were no costumes to try on as said in the description and it is extremely hot in the warehouse.
Tons of photo ops
, Aug 2021
Definitely kid friendly and lots of photo opportunities. Had the opportunity to see staff working on floats and they were super friendly and answered our questions
Good experience
, Jul 2021
It was nice seeing the craftsmanship of the props, but it was really hot inside. I expected a little more, but it was good.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2021
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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