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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
  • 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 guide
  • Pickup from downtown New Orleans provided

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What You Can Expect

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

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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 central New Orleans. Shuttles run every half hour from each location from morning until mid-afternoon, so you can 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 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

Teresa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a terrific tour. You must experience it! We went at a great time just before Mardi Gras. We were able to see what was being put together for some of the floats. We had a great tour guide.

Jerome B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

our cousin from Italy was visiting us and we took her on your tour. She was amazed! We really enjoyed it!

Corey J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Mardi Gras World was neat. The tour is fine, but they give you a lot of freedom to explore afterwards which was amazing. Not terribly hard to get to It's just below the convention center. Definitely worth the visit.

Ella G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A must tour to do when in New Orleans :

Misti G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very interesting to hear how the floats are made.

constance d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very interesting to see the warehouse were floats are made and stored, especially if you can't be here for Madi gras parade

Alex H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was very entertaining and informative. The hands on part of the tour was very fun! We will for sure be recommending it to everyone!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Staff very friendly and helpful


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I highly recommend a trip to Mardi Gras World if you are lucky enough to be visiting New Orleans. It is spectacular sight, the floats are amazing. It is also interesting seeing the craftsmen at their work and finding out how they make the floats. We were in New Orleans for my husbands 50th birthday from the UK and doing this on his big day just added to a day of entertainment.

Kerry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was really worth it! Very interesting tour.

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