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New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

1. New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Discover Mardi Gras magic on a self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World, where artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season in New Orleans since 1947. Begin your tour by receiving your ticket in form of a bead necklace and watch a film which gives an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the role Mardi Gras World plays in it to this day. Then, enjoy a slice of the traditional Mardi Gras cake, King Cake, before your self-guided tour leads you through the float den. Explore where Mardi Gras World artists work year-round to build spectacular, one-of-a-kind floats and props, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. See how the various themed elements are created from scratch or are adapted from elements created for previous themes — from sculpting the elements, to finishing and painting them. There is even an electronic robot that can carve 3-D sculptures. Take photos with some of the finished pieces from various themes over the years, then tour the floats themselves. Get up closer to the floats than is possible during Mardi Gras parades, and find out how these amazing pieces come to life each year. See floats in various stages of completion as they prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras as much as a whole year before. At the end of the tour, stay and take more pictures with any of the floats if you like. For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle service is provided from stops in Downtown; just call the number provided on your voucher for your nearest stop and to arrange pickup.

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What people are saying about Mardi Gras World

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 469 reviews

This tour is fun, but limited. It is a big warehouse filled with past Mardi Gras floats & figures. There is an informative short movie, but no tour guides or audio. There were 3 people working on currents plans for new floats that took the time to answer a few questions. It is fun to walk around & take photos with the floats, etc. Keep in mind that when you see the floats/figures up close - they loose their magic.

Unfortunately they weren’t doing pick up with the shuttle in the French quarters, but I was able to walk to Canal Street and get picked up at one of the hotels there. Really like the 15 minute video on Mardi Gras’s and the king cake was more of a cinnamon roll to me then a cake cake. That was a nice surprise. The warehouse itself was full of amazing figures. It was great to see it up close

What a wonderful place to visit while in New Orleans! We saw a short informational movie about the history of Mardi Gras, and then had a wonderful tour guided by Sean—he covered everything perfectly: he was knowledgeable, personable, and had a fun sense of humor—and he delivered it all with a flair! Don’t miss this!

Loved being able to see Mardi Gras floats up close and being able to watch the artists at work! It is in a warehouse and warm in the summertime so go early!! Was convenient due to pick up at our hotel!

If you are looking for a family friendly activity this is it. My daughter was in awe.