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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour provided by Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Discover the secrets that go into putting on Mardi Gras in New Orleans on a guided tour of Mardi Gras World. Go behind the scenes to see the hard work, creativity, and months of planning needed to prepare for the annual celebration. Your guide details the history of Mardi Gras, and shows you elaborate props, costumes, and floats. Get photo ops with the finery, and sample some King Cake.
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1380 Port of New Orleans Pl
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USADeparture Point: Shuttle transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations; please call tour operator for a list of pickup locations (contact details provided on confirmation voucher) Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.
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    Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    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. Your guide will teach you about the history of this unique and festive tradition that goes beyond its modern-day reputation of wild celebration antics. 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! -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Free French Quarter Shuttle Stops 1. Cafe Du Monde, 800 Decatur St. 2. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St. 3. Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 415 Dauphine St. 4. Hotel Le Marais, 717 Conti St. 5. Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville St. 6. Basin St. Station, 501 Basin St. Free Downtown Shuttle Route 1. Mardi Gras World Shuttle Stop 2. Marriott on Canal St. 3. Astor Crowne Plaza 4. Ritz-Carlton Maison Orleans 5. Roosevelt New Orleans 6. Le Pavillon Hotel 7. Drury Inn & Suites 8. Whitney Wyndham 9. Staybridge Suites 10. Loews New Orleans 11. Harrah's Hotel 12. Hilton New Orleans Riverside 13. Omni Riverfront Hotel 14. Marriott Convention Center 15. Hampton Inn & Suites 16. Hyatt Place 17. Mardi Gras World
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1380 Port of New Orleans Pl
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USADeparture Point: Shuttle transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations; please call tour operator for a list of pickup locations (contact details provided on confirmation voucher) Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.
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Highlights
  • Includes admission ticket to Mardi Gras World
  • Free shuttle available from select downtown New Orleans locations
  • Hear live commentary from the guide during the walking tour of the warehouse
  • Get a sense of Mardi Gras in New Orleans without the crowds
Important Information
Departure Point
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Duration
1h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Guided walking tour
  • Slice of King Cake
  • Shuttle pickup and drop-off from select downtown New Orleans locations
  • Entry/Admission - Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Linda_R1801 wrote a review Mar 2020
Marshfield, Wisconsin579 contributions73 helpful votes
I've never been to Mardi Gras, nor have I ever any desire to go, but this came close to changing my mind. (I don't like crowds, or standing for long periods of time, so I still have no real desire to go.) This was the next best thing. We were picked up by their free shuttle
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Aprilp2412 wrote a review Mar 2020
Oceanside, California556 contributions175 helpful votes
I wasn't terribly worried about going to Mardi Gras World. My friends were into it so I went along. I am glad that I did because it was WAY cooler and more interesting that I thought it would be. It's kinda like attending Mardi Gras without all the madness. You start by
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Piatravelgal wrote a review Mar 2020
Peoria, IL118 contributions59 helpful votes
Our friends found and suggested this activity. It was so much fun. You see floats, how they are built and re-purposed. We started with a brief film about the floats history. Our guide explained a lot about the different “crews” who build and financially support the floats. A
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Becki C wrote a review Mar 2020
orlando26 contributions7 helpful votes
It was really cool to see all the floats up close and personal. It was very interesting to see and hear about all the time and hard work put into each float. How talented all the artists are. I gave this 4 stars because of the extra $20 parking fee.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nickie S wrote a review Mar 2020
Dallas, Oregon, Usa63 contributions10 helpful votes
There is so much more to Mardi Gras than is commonly known. This place is a glimpse into that world. We learned so much and had a really great time there.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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By: Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
Chesshyre
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Fun Family Trip
Great tour and would recommend to anyone who is visiting and wants to know some wonderful history and secrets. We
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jimaP4221IO
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Interesting to see up close
Recently went here and was great to see and learn about the floats. Really a must see while In New Orleans. Locat
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tnk9581
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So informative and Interesting
Shawn did a wonderful job leading our group through Mardis Gras World. He made it fun and interesting. It was nic
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Sara-Jane W
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Fantastic, loved seeing everything
We had a fantastic time at Mardi Gras world. It was great to see the floats and how they're made. Our guide was v
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Baronaroundtown
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Great interactive tour
We learned a lot about the float making process and took lots of photos. This is a work site so you have to be min
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lorky5
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Very interesting & free shuttle to & from
Very interesting a bout the history of Mardi Gras & floats, our guide was a native so that added to our experience
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Louise P
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Not a good value for money
The tour is interesting and it's nice to see all the floats and the decorations, but at $22 per person, plus $20 fo
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bobca1947
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Mardi Gras Heaven!
I really enjoyed my tour of this very unique magical world learning about Mardi Gras history, floats and traditions
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liberrygal
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Good tour guide
We had to wait a bit for our shuttle to Mardi Gras World since the roads were blocked for a parade. The staff at Ma
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Cmdguitar
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Craftsmanship at its peak
Yes it’s a tourist trap but what a beautiful one it is. We went the week before the large parades roll through town
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betsyprice83
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Mardi Gras floats
The place makes most of the floats for the Mardi Gras parades as well as other things. Our trip was during the Mar
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maryrU4103IX
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very interesting and unique place
a good tour of an unique NOLA experience... it was fun, informative and interesting and a good value for the cost.
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Pleaselise
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Wow what a huge place
The floats were being worked on and I got to see some that were already competed for the parade coming soon. So big
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Leslie C
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Interesting tour, free shuttle too
We walked to Mardi Gras World which is right behind the convention center. The tour was about $22 per adult and la
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gramsmedved
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Toured with daughter and friends.
This tour was very interesting . i learned so many different things about what it takes to make theses amazing floa
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