Mardi Gras World Tours
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Step inside the colorful life of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World. The annual Mardi Gras festival is as much a part of the fabric of the city as jazz music and the Mississippi River. This fun and informative museum brings together a dazzling collection of floats and costumes from the event.
The museum’s founder, Blaine Kern, built his first parade float with his father way back in 1932. After a long career building lavish, intricate floats, “Mr. Mardi Gras” as Kern is known, decided to open his collection to the public and launched the museum in 1989.
Visitors can tour the artists’ workshops, where huge sculptures are crafted in Styrofoam and see some of the most famous floats and costumes from previous years. Behind-the-scenes tours run throughout the day. You can pair a visit to the museum with a jazz-themed brunch river cruise.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Book your tour in advance and enjoy free shuttle service to and from the museum.
- Discounted tickets are available for seniors, students, and children.
- Make sure you try a slice of “king cake,” a delicious brioche-style dough topped with colorful icing.
How to Get There
The museum is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, at the bottom of Henderson Street in the Central Business District. There is paid parking available opposite the museum, or you can take the free shuttle bus as part of a prebooked tour. Alternatively, you can ride the streetcar. The nearest stop is Hilton Riverside Hotel, a short walk away.
When to Get There
Mardi Gras World is open seven days a week year-round, from 9am–5:30pm. The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Mardi Gras.
Experience the Magic of Mardi Gras
For an unforgettable experience, visit New Orleans in February or early March (the exact dates change each year) for the annual Mardi Gras festival. For two weeks, city streets come alive with music, dancing, and parades of gigantic Mardi Gras floats. Revelers wear elaborate costumes, and the fun culminates in a huge party on Mardi Gras day, also known as Fat Tuesday.
Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70160, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Mardi Gras World
Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. See the behind-the-scenes work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for the annual celebration. With a guide, learn the history of the event, and see fantastic floats and props. Get a picture in front of your favorite float, dress up in costumes, and sample some classic King Cake.
Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
Private and Luxury
This is a private driving tour for your group only. During our private driving tour in this beautiful city we spend a minimum of 3 hours discussing how this area was built and how we currently handle things over 300 years later. We cover the rich history, many recent developments, Lake Ponchartrain, Katrina, Creole and Cajun cultures, the Garden District (Mansions/Estates), the iconic cemeteries, various neighborhoods, and architecture, civil war history, the Mississippi river, our Port, and so much more. You will be in a comfortable and very clean SUV during your tour. I retired from executive sales and became a licensed tour guide in the New Orleans area in 2012, and have lived in the area all of my life. I have made it my mission to provide you with a tour that is private for just your group, that is passionate, that is interesting, with a spirit of excellence, and which can be customized just for your group. We promise you will laugh and learn!
Mardi Gras Mambo Tours (MGMT) has captured the essence of what makes NOLA enchanted... it's mystic art, cuisine and of course spirits. MGMT brings brands together by creating exclusive experiences. We specialize in branding and hosting the most unique events New Orleans has to offer. This is an open bar cocktail tour but the kiddos are welcomed. Must be 21 to drink. Jump on board as we visit Mardi Gras World & Seven Three Distilling. Shuttle services are provided. Space is limited so Book Now!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Mardi Gras World?
The best ways to experience Mardi Gras World are:
- New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
- City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour
- New Orleans: Mardi Gras World and Seven Three Distilling Company Tour
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