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Mardi Gras World: Where Mardi Gras Is Made!

Historic tours, ghost tours, swamp tours – there are plenty of tours in New Orleans. But for a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras, there’s only one definitive experience: the Mardi Gras World tour.

Mardi Gras World gives you an authentic Mardi Gras experience all year round, whether you’re here for family vacation, team building activities, New Orleans corporate events, or just on your own to experience the magic of the Crescent City. Buy your tickets today, and keep reading for more details on our tours! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Mardi Gras World Tours

Our tour allows you to see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Walk through the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event when you tour Blaine Kern Studios, an operating workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947.

On the tour, you’ll be paired up with a knowledgeable guide who takes the mask off of Mardi Gras. This all-access opportunity winds you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the REAL Mardi Gras. The whole family will love touring the space where our artisans create show-stopping floats for more than 40 parades each year.

This New Orleans tour is an experience you’ll want to document. There are so many photo opportunities in front of floats, with props, or wearing a traditional Mardi Gras costume, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And bring your appetite, too: every tour comes with a slice of King Cake (which is a real delicacy, as it’s hard to find out of season!).

Click here to book your tour, and keep reading for parking info, tour times, and more:


  • 60 minute tours are offered 7 days a week
  • The first tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and the last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.
  • Tours run every 30 minutes and last about an hour
  • Each tour includes a display of Mardi Gras costumes, a video presentation, and a free slice of King Cake
  • A free shuttle is provided with ticket purchase and provides pickups from 20 convenient downtown locations
  • (Please visit our GETTING HERE page for holiday hours.)

An Unforgettable Experience

From New Orleans corporate events to family fun, the Mardi Gras World tour offers an unforgettable experience that unmasks the greatest show on earth. 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!


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