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

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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

Paul F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

must see in New Orleans !!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

fun tour,,, does not take too long ,, informative and colorful for sure


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

really enjoyed the experience to go behind the scenes. I also enjoyed getting to try the King cake. I may never get to be at mardi gras so this was exciting to see the floats.

owen h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide made it fun as well as informative. This is a must see tour for everyone.

Angelique C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Highly recommend all New Orleans visitors to check this place out! Amazing!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Lots of info and a great tour, We were able to see the floats up close and saw how they came to be.

Janet M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This behind the scenes tour was the best thing about New Orleans for us! Learning the history of Mardi Gras, how the floats are created, and seeing the props up close was fascinating! Our guide, Spencer was excellent!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The week before Mardi Gras. Fantastic, but the shuttles don't run during parades. Beware.

Barry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great insight to how the Mardi Gras operates and how the floats are created. Very colorful, great picture op, including trying on costume and taking pics of yourself in them. About 1 1/2 hr total. Usually free suttle buses from Canal Street or French Quarter

Luis M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great experience to learn more about Mardi Gras, all the work that that takes place prior the parades and how to get involved with it.
The tour is well organized and very relaxed. I highly recommend it even if you have not attended Mardi Gras. It will show you what the media doesn't show and what the locals enjoy about it. It is not all crazy like you see in Bourbon Street.

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