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Mardi Gras World: Where Mardi Gras Is Made!

Historic tours, ghost tours, swamp tours – there are plenty of tours in New Orleans. But for a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras, there’s only one definitive experience: the Mardi Gras World tour.

Mardi Gras World gives you an authentic Mardi Gras experience all year round, whether you’re here for family vacation, team building activities, New Orleans corporate events, or just on your own to experience the magic of the Crescent City. Buy your tickets today, and keep reading for more details on our tours! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Mardi Gras World Tours

Our tour allows you to see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Walk through the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event when you tour Blaine Kern Studios, an operating workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947.

This all-access opportunity winds you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the REAL Mardi Gras. The whole family will love touring the space where our artisans create show-stopping floats for more than 40 parades each year.

This New Orleans tour is an experience you’ll want to document. There are hundreds of photo opportunities in front of floats and props.

Click here to book your tour, and keep reading for parking info, tour times, and more:


  • Self-guided tours are offered 7 days a week
  • We are open from 9:00am to 5:30pm, with the first tour beginning
    at 9:30am, and the last entrance will be at 4:30pm.
  • Tours run every 30 minutes and last about an hour
  • Each tour includes a 15-minute video presentation
  • A free shuttle is provided with ticket purchase and provides pickups from Canal Street. Please call the gift shop to schedule a pick-up.
  • (Please visit our GETTING HERE page for holiday hours.)


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