• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 22.00 View price calendar

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Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. See the behind-the-scenes work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for the annual celebration. With a 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 costumes, and sample some classic King Cake.


  • Tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans
  • See 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 guide
  • Pickup from downtown New Orleans provided

What You Can Expect

New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Artist Painting

Begin your behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World by hopping on the shuttle at one of the 20 stops in central New Orleans. Shuttles run every half hour from each location from morning until mid-afternoon, so you can easily fit your 90 minute 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 designers create elaborate floats for the festival’s 40-plus parades. Learn the meanings behind the symbols and design details, and check out the incredible planning 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 in the U.S. Before heading back to town on the shuttle, get a photo with your favorite float and try on some fun festival costumes—and don’t forget to grab a delicious slice of King Cake.


Customer Reviews

Diana E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fantastic insight to the background / history of mardi gras - great staff
just let down by Viator's inaccuracy of limited opening hours / last tours / collection shuttle schedule around mardi gras.

Amy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We took this tour during Mardi Gras week, but it would be an excellent tour to take any time. The guide was informative and we had all of the time that we wanted to explore the floats and behind-the-scenes work.

Maria Tollefson United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was very interesting. Great to have a chance to go behind the scenes. A nice way to spend an afternoon away from the heat!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Truly one-of-a-kind, there's not 'something else like this' anywhere. It's got a great story and a great history behind it. Got a wonderful guide Madison, a lifer from N.O. who's lived Mardi Gras her entire life. 15 min. film of the history of all things Mardi Gras then a tour of the warehouse that was incredible and fascinating. If you're going to do New Orleans you really should check this place out.

Gene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I never knew... I learned so much about the Mardi Gras and saw how the masks and costumes and fabulous floats are made in the wonderful one-hour tour.

Valerie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

love this it is a must do list .!!colo


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Just amazing! Every you want to know about Mardi Gras and see the floats up close.

Leanne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was one of our most economically priced tours and not sure what to expect!! We were thrilled! Kids loved it- we loved it- great pictures, great feeling and certainly more than worth the ticket price! Go for it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The tour was informative, but limited. The ride pick up and drop off was outstanding. Highly recomend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Really cool to get the inside look at the creation and painting of the floats. Ability to walk around on your own which was nice also. Should note however there was no air conditioning in the building just big fans and it was hot!

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