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

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Activity provider: Mardi Gras World

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

Activity provider: Mardi Gras World
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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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Pickup included
You have the choice to turn up directly at Mardi Gras World or to use the complimentary shuttle from Downtown. The complimentary shuttle is very easy to spot because it is covered with photos of Mardi Gras World and has the logo on the side. NOTE: There are no prearranged pickup times. Instead, the shuttle will come to pick you up from your chosen pickup location once you give Mardi Gras World a call at +1-504-361-7821. Please choose a designated pickup spot, and the shuttle will quickly pick you up! Please wait outside so that the driver can see you, and you can see the driver. Alternatively, make your own way to Mardi Gras World located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130 - on the South end of the Convention Center. Parking is available in Lot J in front of the building for a $20 fee.
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  • 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.
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

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 77 reviews

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What a wonderful place to visit while in New Orleans! We saw a short informational movie about the history of Mardi Gras, and then had a wonderful tour guided by Sean—he covered everything perfectly: he was knowledgeable, personable, and had a fun sense of humor—and he delivered it all with a flair! Don’t miss this!

June 5, 2022

This tour is fun, but limited. It is a big warehouse filled with past Mardi Gras floats & figures. There is an informative short movie, but no tour guides or audio. There were 3 people working on currents plans for new floats that took the time to answer a few questions. It is fun to walk around & take photos with the floats, etc. Keep in mind that when you see the floats/figures up close - they loose their magic.

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May 28, 2022

Guided tour is best, but during Mardi Gras, it was a self-guided tour. Posted information was very well done, but not up to person-led previous tour. Excellent introductory movie gives the history parades and museum. We did see the floats assembled for parades in parking lot and new construction inside the building. Process of building a float is fascinating! Museum consists of stored parts from previous years.

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February 22, 2022

Product ID: 243132