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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

New Orleans, United States

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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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.
  • Tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans
  • See where New Orleans’ amazing Mardi Gras floats are made
  • Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose in front of the floats, and savor a slice of traditional King Cake
  • Learn about the history of Mardi Gras from your guide
  • Pickup from downtown New Orleans provided
Guided walking tour
Slice of King Cake
Shuttle pickup and drop-off from select downtown New Orleans locations

Departure Point

1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

9:30am - 3:30pm
Tours occur every half hour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World by hopping on the shuttle at one of the 20 stops in central New Orleans. Shuttles run every half hour from each location from morning until mid-afternoon, so you can easily fit your 90 minute excursion into a day of sightseeing. 

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your guide, an expert in all things Mardi Gras. Get inspired by the warehouses and ‘float dens,’ studio spaces where designers create elaborate floats for the festival’s 40-plus parades. Learn the meanings behind the symbols and design details, and check out the incredible planning and labor that goes into constructing each float. 

You’ll come away with a greater understanding of Mardi Gras, a beloved and deep‐rooted tradition that is now the largest cultural celebration in the U.S. Before heading back to town on the shuttle, get a photo with your favorite float and try on some fun festival costumes—and don’t forget to grab a delicious slice of King Cake.
Stop At:  
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
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
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Mardi Gras World

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "We took this tour during Mardi Gras week, but it would be an excellent tour to take any time." See review
  • "A nice way to spend an afternoon away from the heat!" See review
  • "The floats are amazing, it's a great tour for young and old alike." See review


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Falsely Advertised. Dissapointing
, Sep 2020
Not as advertised! Arranging pick up was an absolute nightmare and involved several calls. Once there we were dropped off at a gift shop. After a few minutes of standing around a guy appeared and told us we'd be watching a movie as no tour guide was available. After a boring movie in a dark room we were told we could then go wonder around the warehouse......unguided. we took a few pictures and returned to the gift shop because the warehouse was steaming hot with no A/C. No king cake was even offered. Totally a waste a time and money. False advertising. #dissapointing
A must see
, Aug 2020
A must see while in town.....very cool experience. The tour operator was great! Very informative if you do not know much about mardi grad
Mardi Gras
, Jul 2020
Very informative. I learned a lot. I loved being able to freely look around!! Transportation was provided
Decent Experience Considering
, Jun 2020
We went during the re-opening phrase during Covid-19 and therefore, we didn't have a tour guide; it was self-guided, which was a bummer. The 15-minute video was the highlight and gave background information. At least it was open, so we were thankful.
Great visit
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed our visit. Pick up and return service from a nearby hotel. The tour was fun and informative. Fresh King cake to sample. The floats were amazing and we got to watch the artists doing their work. We asked a lot of questions and the guide was very knowledgeable
Floats from concept to finished product
, Mar 2020
Fascinating tour. How interesting to see the process in action with the largest float builder in NOLA. The artists were busy working on next years exhibits. They also build forms for large businesses and corporations.
So much to see
, Mar 2020
There is so much to see and take pictures of. I learned a lot about the history of Mardi Gras. It was great!
Fascinating Look Behind the Scenes
, Feb 2020
If you have ever wanted to get uo close to iconic Mardi Gras floats and view them at leisure without a massive parade crowd surrounding you, then this tour is for you. They give you a brief video and a short guided walk around the studio, followed by as much free time as you want to poke about and take pictures. There is a free shuttle from/to city center, but just a heads up that there will be a long wait for it.
Don’t go during Mardi Gras
, Feb 2020
Might be a good tour but don’t go during Mardi Gras when all that is there is a huge empty warehouse.
Total bs
, Feb 2020
We made a reservation and showed up to find the place closed. I better receive a full refund for this

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