New Orleans, United States

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Overview

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
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.

Itinerary

Free French Quarter Shuttle Stops
1. Cafe Du Monde, 800 Decatur St.
2. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St.
3. Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 415 Dauphine St.
4. Hotel Le Marais, 717 Conti St.
5. Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville St.
6. Basin St. Station, 501 Basin St.

Free Downtown Shuttle Route
1. Mardi Gras World Shuttle Stop
2. Marriott on Canal St.
3. Astor Crowne Plaza
4. Ritz-Carlton Maison Orleans
5. Roosevelt New Orleans
6. Le Pavillon Hotel
7. Drury Inn & Suites
8. Whitney Wyndham
9. Staybridge Suites
10. Loews New Orleans
11. Harrah's Hotel
12. Hilton New Orleans Riverside
13. Omni Riverfront Hotel
14. Marriott Convention Center
15. Hampton Inn & Suites
16. Hyatt Place
17. Mardi Gras World

Reviews

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J
, Jul 2018

Take this tour!! I was hesitant about this tour at first because I did not want to be a cheesy tourist. But you will learn the entire Martis Gras history and get an inside look at the floats -- all while getting the inside stories about what makes Martis Gras so special. There is so much history behind everything that I never appreciated or knew about. You will learn and SEE how props and floats are made. It was such a special experience and I will even go back AGAIN the next time I visit NOLA. You'll have tons of photo opportunities and even get a delicious slice of King Cake. Don't miss this tour!

D
, Jul 2018

great transport to and from museum

s
, May 2018

This was a great tour! We squeezed this in before we had to head to the airport so i loved that they offer tours every 30 minutes. We enjoyed dressing in the easy to button on costumes for a few quick pics before watching the enjoyable video about Mardi Gras. The facts about what this location produces was so surprising! It was very impressive to see the artists actually working on-site and to see the volume of how many pieces are stored here. We were very impressed! The warehouse is not air conditioned while walking around but at least they have big fans everywhere. The only downside is the groups are quite large, about 25 people so it was hard to hear the tour guide. We kept falling behind because we were taking so many pictures. Overall this was interesting and fun.

P
, Apr 2018

must see in New Orleans !!

k
, Apr 2018

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

A
, Apr 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.

o
, Apr 2018

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

D
, Mar 2018

The missing star is due to the peculiarly freezing temperatures of the day of our tour 1/1/18 which was a factor. There's no climate control in some portions of the warehouse and I wasn't dressed warmly enough, particularly with the wind coming off the river. But the guide and the tour were great. I really enjoyed learning about the history of NOLA's Mardi Gras floats and seeing the amazing artwork and processes. I recommend the tour.

A
, Mar 2018

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

G
, Mar 2018

The shuttle bus driver that picked us up at the Café Du Monde stop was very friendly. The movie before the tour was informative. We enjoyed seeing the Mardi Gras floats up close despite not being on Bourbon street in an actual parade. Lots of photo opps and learning how the floats were made was interesting. We were able to observe some of the artists at work. My only critique is that our tour guide could have been a little more energetic or enthusiastic.


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