Mardi Gras World: Where Mardi Gras is Made!
There are plenty of tours in New Orleans, but only one offers a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras, and that’s the Mardi Gras World tour. Mardi Gras World gives you an authentic Mardi Gras experience all year round, whether you visit while sightseeing in New Orleans, enjoying a New Orleans family vacation or taking a break from your business trip for a group visit.
Take our day tour to see what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Our tour allows you to see firsthand the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event. Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has built the breathtaking parade floats for major parades not only for Mardi Gras, but for parades all over the world. Mardi Gras parades would be nothing without the fantastical floats that line the parade route year after year. The hard work that goes into making these spectacles is what makes Mardi Gras in New Orleans the greatest show on Earth!
Our knowledgeable guides take the mask off Mardi Gras with an all-access Mardi Gras tour, winding through the massive studio where these magnificent floats are built from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition and go beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the real Mardi Gras. The whole family will love the experience of touring the space where our artisans create spectacular floats for over 40 parades each year.
There are plenty of opportunities for photos in front of floats, with props, or wearing a traditional Mardi Gras costume on this New Orleans tour. This is an experience you will want to document, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Tours are offered 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Our day tours run every 30 minutes (with the last tour starting at 4:30pm) and last about an hour. Tours include a display of Mardi Gras costumes, a historic video and a free slice of King Cake (which is difficult to find out of season). Please visit our GETTING HERE page for holiday hours.
A FREE shuttle is provided with ticket purchase, and has pick-ups at 20 convenient downtown locations. Just call when you are at one of our many locations and we will quickly pick you and your party up.
Wandering through the magical float den is an exciting experience for kids and adults alike, so come join us for the best Mardi Gras tour around.