- 1 hour (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the makings of Mardi Gras with this all-access tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Perfect for the whole family, this guided tour shows you where the magnificent floats for the famous Mardi Gras parades are made. Witness the hard work and artistic skill that goes into every float, and learn about the history of the festive Mardi Gras tradition from your guide. Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose with props, and enjoy a slice of famous King Cake after your tour!
- All entrance fees included
- Fully narrated tour
- Family friendly
- 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
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
9:30am - 3:30pm
Tours occur every half hour.
Returns to original departure point
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!
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
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I appreciated the shuttle picking me up near Cafe du Monde. After watching a very interesting video of the history of the Mardi Gras parade, we were given a delicious slice of King Cake (rounding out the authentic New Orleans experience). Then our fabulous guide took us through the warehouses where these float masterpieces are housed. This is a working area, so we were able to see the patient, meticulous artisans sketching, carving, spray painting, creating all of these works of art. We could wander among the giant creations, taking many, many pictures. Our guide was hilarious and was incredibly knowledgeable. I’m so glad that I booked this tour!
This tour was great! Not only did we get to see lots of the Mardi Gras floats up close and in various stages of development but the tour guide also gave us extra insight in to the history and meaning of the Mardi Gras parades. Would recommend this tour for visitors of all ages!
Take this tour!! I was hesitant about this tour at first because I did not want to be a cheesy tourist. But you will learn the entire Martis Gras history and get an inside look at the floats -- all while getting the inside stories about what makes Martis Gras so special. There is so much history behind everything that I never appreciated or knew about. You will learn and SEE how props and floats are made. It was such a special experience and I will even go back AGAIN the next time I visit NOLA. You'll have tons of photo opportunities and even get a delicious slice of King Cake. Don't miss this tour!
fun tour,,, does not take too long ,, informative and colorful for sure
really enjoyed the experience to go behind the scenes. I also enjoyed getting to try the King cake. I may never get to be at mardi gras so this was exciting to see the floats.
The tour was amazing. Our tour guide made it fun as well as informative. This is a must see tour for everyone.
Highly recommend all New Orleans visitors to check this place out! Amazing!!!!
Lots of info and a great tour, We were able to see the floats up close and saw how they came to be.
The week before Mardi Gras. Fantastic, but the shuttles don't run during parades. Beware.
This behind the scenes tour was the best thing about New Orleans for us! Learning the history of Mardi Gras, how the floats are created, and seeing the props up close was fascinating! Our guide, Spencer was excellent!
Great insight to how the Mardi Gras operates and how the floats are created. Very colorful, great picture op, including trying on costume and taking pics of yourself in them. About 1 1/2 hr total. Usually free suttle buses from Canal Street or French Quarter
Great experience to learn more about Mardi Gras, all the work that that takes place prior the parades and how to get involved with it.
The tour is well organized and very relaxed. I highly recommend it even if you have not attended Mardi Gras. It will show you what the media doesn't show and what the locals enjoy about it. It is not all crazy like you see in Bourbon Street.
We took this tour during Mardi Gras week, but it would be an excellent tour to take any time. The guide was informative and we had all of the time that we wanted to explore the floats and behind-the-scenes work.
Fantastic insight to the background / history of mardi gras - great staff
just let down by Viator's inaccuracy of limited opening hours / last tours / collection shuttle schedule around mardi gras.
This tour was very interesting. Great to have a chance to go behind the scenes. A nice way to spend an afternoon away from the heat!
Truly one-of-a-kind, there's not 'something else like this' anywhere. It's got a great story and a great history behind it. Got a wonderful guide Madison, a lifer from N.O. who's lived Mardi Gras her entire life. 15 min. film of the history of all things Mardi Gras then a tour of the warehouse that was incredible and fascinating. If you're going to do New Orleans you really should check this place out.
I never knew... I learned so much about the Mardi Gras and saw how the masks and costumes and fabulous floats are made in the wonderful one-hour tour.