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New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Activity provider: Mardi Gras World

New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Activity provider: Mardi Gras World

From US$ 22 per person

Take an all-access, self-guided tour through a massive warehouse where artists and architects build unique Mardi Gras floats from the ground up year after year. Enjoy an included shuttle service from Downtown.

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Duration 1 hour
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English
Pickup included
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Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Go an a self-guided Mardi Gras World tour and see how one-of-a-kind floats are created
  • Marvel at talented artists painting and sculpting materials to create lavish Mardi Gras floats
  • Watch a fun and informative film about Mardi Gras and taste traditional King Cake
  • Access Mardi Gras World easily with regular shuttle service from Downtown New Orleands
Full description
Discover Mardi Gras magic on a self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World, where artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season in New Orleans since 1947. Begin your tour by receiving your ticket in form of a bead necklace and watch a film which gives an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the role Mardi Gras World plays in it to this day. Then, enjoy a slice of the traditional Mardi Gras cake, King Cake, before your self-guided tour leads you through the float den. Explore where Mardi Gras World artists work year-round to build spectacular, one-of-a-kind floats and props, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. See how the various themed elements are created from scratch or are adapted from elements created for previous themes — from sculpting the elements, to finishing and painting them. There is even an electronic robot that can carve 3-D sculptures. Take photos with some of the finished pieces from various themes over the years, then tour the floats themselves. Get up closer to the floats than is possible during Mardi Gras parades, and find out how these amazing pieces come to life each year. See floats in various stages of completion as they prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras as much as a whole year before. At the end of the tour, stay and take more pictures with any of the floats if you like. For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle service is provided from stops in Downtown; just call the number provided on your voucher for your nearest stop and to arrange pickup.
Includes
  • 1-hour self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World
  • 14-minute film about Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Slice of traditional King Cake
  • Free shuttle with 10 pre-determined pickup and drop-off locations throughout Downtown New Orleans
  • Free ticket bead
  • Gratuities
  • Free Parking

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Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Tours begin every 30 minutes and last approximately 1 hour
  • The first tour begins at 9:30 AM and the last tour begins at 4:30 PM
  • A portion of the tour is not climate-controlled
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 113 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5

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If you are not in town for Mardi Gras, MardiGras world allows you to experience the magic, the creativity, the joy of the festival by showing you the history of Mardi Gras and allowing you so wonder though past flouts. As an artist myself this was a truly wonderful experience to see other artist at work.

January 14, 2023

Very interesting to see how they make the floats. It’s a self guided tour preceded by a continuous loop video. You can show up anytime and it won’t matter. It’s also like a time capsule of bygone days because they have stored past years floats. It’s cold inside because it’s just a huge warehouse beside the river. We liked it. We took Uber there because the bus stops weren’t near our hotel. We did use the bus to leave and it dropped us close to the cable car stop.

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December 26, 2022

Short easy to comprehend lesson on the history of Mardi Gras. The tour is an operating warehouse with employees and artists actively working on projects. Staff is knowledgeable, pleasant and friendly. Only down side, parents bringing their heathens. Most are overly excited, unattended and disruptive to the tour and overall experience. But as the expression goes… “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

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December 29, 2022

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