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

Product ID: 243132
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Explore what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Take an all-access, guided tour through a massive warehouse where artists and architects build unique Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. Enjoy an included shuttle service from Downtown.
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Mobile ticketing
Duration: 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

Pickup included

You have the choice to turn up directly at Mardi Gras World or to use the complimentary shuttle from Downtown. The complimentary shuttle is very easy to spot because it is covered with photos of Mardi Gras World and has the logo on the side. NOTE: There are no prearranged pickup times. Instead, the shuttle will come to pick you up from your chosen pickup location once you give Mardi Gras World a call at +1-504-361-7821. Please choose a designated pickup spot, and the shuttle will quickly pick you up! Please wait outside so that the driver can see you, and you can see the driver. Alternatively, make your own way to Mardi Gras World located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130 - on the South end of the Convention Center. Parking is available in Lot J in front of the building for a $20 fee.
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  • Marvel at talented artists painting and sculpting materials to create the one-of-a-kind themed pieces for the Mardi Gras floats
  • Take an hour-long guided tour and discover how Mardi Gras World developed the monumental scale and lavish ornamentation of Mardi Gras floats today
  • Watch a fun and informative film about Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras World's role in it
  • Try on Mardi Gras costumes and taste traditional King Cake
  • Access Mardi Gras World easily with regular shuttle service from Downtown New Orleands and the French Quarter
Full description
Discover Mardi Gras magic on a 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 with 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 informative guide 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 and even try on Mardi Gras costumes, if you like. For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle service is provided from stops in Downtown and the French Quarter. Just call the number provided on your voucher for your nearest stop and to arrange pickup.
  • 1-hour guided tour of Mardi Gras World
  • 14-minute film about Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Slice of traditional King Cake
  • Free shuttle with 23 pre-determined pickup and drop-off locations throughout Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter
  • Free ticket bead
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Free Parking

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Mardi Gras World is open but with limited hours: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The last tour is at 3:30 PM. Tours will be self-guided, shuttle service limited and king cake is not available until further notice
• Tours begin every 30 minutes and last approximately 1 hour
• The first tour begins at 9:30 AM and the last tour begins at 4:30 PM
• A portion of the tour is not climate-controlled
• Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins

From US$ 22 per person

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Product ID: 243132