5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

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

Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this family friendly tour of Mardi Gras World inNew Orleans. See the first‐hand work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for this world‐renowned annual celebration. With a knowledgable 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 flamboyant costumes and sample some classic King Cake.


  • Tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans
  • Enjoy an authentic Mardi Gras experience with the whole family, available year-round
  • See first-hand 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 knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary pickup from downtown New Orleans provided

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What You Can Expect

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

Behind Mardi Gras

No matter the time of year, you can experience the magnificence of Mardi Gras on this behind‐the‐scenes tour of Mardi Gras World, the facility where they design magic happens! Hop on the complimentary shuttle at one of the 20 stops central New Orleans. Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon, so easily fit your one‐hour 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 impassioned designers create elaborate floats for the festival’s more than 40 parades. Learn the unique meanings behind the symbols and design details, and witness the incredible planning, purpose 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 the US.  Before heading back to town on the shuttle, get a photo with your favorite float and try on some fun festival costumery – and don’t forget to grab a delicious slice of King Cake! 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great to see all the passion that goes into making Mardi Gras so special each and every year!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was quite interesting and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour, very interesting and fun. Amazing artists at work

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great learning experience about the making of the Mardi Gras floats.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was fantastic! It was so interesting to learn the history and the process of how the floats are made.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent presentation and quite informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Loved the experience. The floats we saw in storage were gorgeous and unbelievable. Loved seeing the process of creation. It was fun dressing up in costumes and taking photos. Learned a lot about Mardi Gras!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour. Excellent overview of the work that goes into the year-round planning and running of this huge "party". We got a complete tour of the main warehouse....wasn't really expecting to see this much access...so that was great!! We went the 2nd week of January, which was a good time to tour. We were able to take as many pictures as we wanted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was so amazing. It was so much fun. Great job staff

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