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Mardi Gras World, Inc.
233 Newton Street,
New Orleans, LA 70114
Latitude: 29.945204 Longitude: -90.054075
Email Address: [email protected]
Mardi Gras World invites you to take a look behind the magic of Mardi Gras on your next visit to New Orleans! Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is New Orleans' showcase of carnival, with thousands of sensational sculptured props and breath-taking giant figures on display all year-round. Tourists are encouraged to bring their cameras and picture themselves next to King Kong, Marilyn Monroe, the giant Bacchsaurus, and thousands of other props and sculptures.
Our daily tours take you through this once-forbidden location inside New Orleans where Mardi Gras is made. You can now see Blaine Kern's artists and sculptors actually create the magical images and figures of Mardi Gras in full view of visitors throughout the year.
You know this is going to be a fun tour as soon as you arrive. Colorful Mardi Gras props, like a gigantic jovial jester, fiercely realistic alligators, and a gorgeously exciting Marilyn Monroe with skirt flying greet one and all to this amazing fantasy factory. You will even view the most awesome floats ever built for carnival - the Orpheus 140-foot triple-tandem sea monster "Leviathan" and the 240-foot quintuple-tandem "Captain Eddie's S.S. Endymion," with tens of thousands of fiber optic lights.
After a brief introduction by a knowledgeable guide and a spirited video about the history of Mardi Gras and the company, you can dress up in authentic, ornate carnival costumes. Visitors tap into their imaginations, as the ladies don sequined headdresses, gowns, and the gentlemen wear regal coats of armor, imagine yourself as a noble king or queen of the ball!
During the self-guided portion of your tour, you'll enter a maze of amazing props of all sizes. In one area, heaps of props await repair, and you'll see artists, painters, and sculptors creating before your very eyes. A 15-foot torso of the lovely and captivating Cleopatra stands nearby.
Follow the yellow arrows to next "den" (float artists' warehouse). It's a big carpentry and paint shop, where workers build and decorate sensational floats. For each "krewe" (club), artists paint each float with brightly-colored themed scenes. Gold and silver foil on the sides of the floats glisten and flutter in the breeze. The floats appear as colorful and animated as any imaginative Hollywood movie, with strings of lights tracing their outlines to illuminate them at night.
At night, the facility comes alive for the most unique parties on the planet. Conventions and groups wishing an incredible setting for an unforgettable party have their dreams come true in the spectacular home of carnival -- Mardi Gras World!
Doors open: 9:30 a.m. Last Tour: 4:30 p.m.
Children 11 and under: $6.50
Student with college or high school ID $10.00
All tours include free King Cake & Coffee! Reservations are only required for 10 or more, so just stop by! And don't dare forget your camera!