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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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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
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Guided walking tour
Slice of King Cake
Shuttle pickup and drop-off from select downtown New Orleans locations
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
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • 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

  • "The floats are amazing, it's a great tour for young and old alike." See review
  • "fun tour,,, does not take too long ,, informative and colorful for sure" See review
  • "There's no climate control in some portions of the warehouse and I wasn't dressed warmly enough, particularly with the wind coming off the river." See review


303 Reviews
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Great experience
, Apr 2021
All the huge float pieces Liked the video on how it got started. You really want me to do this survey and I don't want to so don't make this box a minimum requirement
Was ok but not worth $50+
, Apr 2021
It took a while to find the shuttle pick up spot and to get the shuttle. I’d been messaging and emails few days prior to my scheduled date and received no reply. The actual tour was more like a behind the scenes at the mardi gras workshop.
Artistic sculptures
, Apr 2021
The best part for me was viewing all the different sculpture being made and ones that were already done. Also seeing the huge floats that were already made.
Was really impressed with the floats and some of the characters that were on display.
, Apr 2021
We went at noon so didn't get to see the workers. Was really impressed with the robot. The movie was really informative.
Mardi Gras World
, Mar 2021
The experience was great!!! Everyone was so Nice and Informative and took the time to talk with us..
Not as advertised
, Mar 2021
Shuttle driver was informative and friendly. It was a self guided tour, not as advertised . Not worth the money.
Great experience
, Mar 2021
Very interesting and self guided. So no waiting for anyone. Short video was very informative too. 5 stars.
A nice tour
, Feb 2021
The tour is a self tour. You start off with a video then walk around seeing old sets. Very nice, self pace.
A must do tour while in New Orleans
, Jan 2021
To be able to see how everything is made and the history behind the carnival are two of my most memorable experiences.
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Second-best thing to being in MArdi Gras itself
, Dec 2020
Adversely impacted by COVID-19, but still a great experience. Likely the second-best thing to being in New Orleans during Mardi Gras itself! Excellent staff support and customer service. Once in a lifetime experience.

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