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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130-1805
Phone Number: +1 504-361-7821
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mardi Gras World is the most unique attraction in America’s most uniquely...

Mardi Gras World is the most unique attraction in America’s most uniquely attractive city. Come see how Mardi Gras is made and get up close to Mardi Gras' grandest floats and sculptures.

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A must do while in NOLA

We found a Groupon/Living Social deal and are glad we did. First off we called to let them know we needed to be picked up. There was a free shuttle stop near our hotel (Fairfield... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found a Groupon/Living Social deal and are glad we did. First off we called to let them know we needed to be picked up. There was a free shuttle stop near our hotel (Fairfield Marriott). We were picked up within 10 minutes and taken to Mardi Gras world. There are floats in every stage of construction. Some being painted,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see for kids and adults alike. Excellent guided tours that give you insight into the history, props, and artistic creativity of Mardi Gras.

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a fun place. Tours run every half hour and start with a movie about Mardi Gras and how Blaine Kern got started in the business. Your guide treats you to a piece of king cake before you go into the production and storage warehouse. On the tour, you see the artists working to create the floats and "props" (decorations)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very informative tour, and the tour guides are knowledgeable with that southern friendliness. We even got to try some King Cake.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When it's raining (or too hot) in New Orleans, or you only have a couple of hours to do something before leaving for the airport, Mardi Gras World is the ideal spot. The tour is very interesting - showing visitors how parade props are made. The company makes around 500 props yearly for the Mardi Gras parades, in addition to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our tour guide, Sam, and the tour were excellent. He explained everything in understandable detail and helped many of us with photos. We saw many floats and zillions of props (the figures and garnishing on the floats) and learned how they are all designed and assembled. Well worth a couple hours. They provided free transportation to and from the french... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you're not in town for Mardi Gras, you have to visit Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World! The folks here are very friendly. The cost is $20 for adults. Visitors can tour the warehouse and see Artists working on floats for future parades. Visitors are given a free piece of King Cake to sample. This is a very interactive and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Even if you get to visit New Orleans outside of carnival season, Blaine's allows you to see the many colorful floats used year after year at Mardi Gras ! Great fun !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we had heard this was a must-see... it was a little pricey for the short tour of the factory.. certainly interesting and we took advantage of the free shuttle. the 'objects' or 'props' are amazing and you do get free time to walk around and really see what is in the warehouse.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I’ll admit, when I saw a place called “Mardi Gras World” I expected it to be cheesy, but didn’t care, I wanted to go anyway. I figured since I’d never be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, this was the closest I’d get. We had such a fun time on this tour. I’d recommend it for anyone aged 8 and... More 

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Head to the Garden District for the full-on New Orleans experience replete with quaintly clanking streetcars, proudly grandiose antebellum mansions, picture perfect avenues lined with live oaks loaded down with Spanish moss, and a wealth of beautiful churches and many more architectural marvels. Even a brief excursion here makes plain why it’s called the Garden District. So, when you visit be sure to give yourself ample time for admiration at a languidly slow pace befitting such gentile strand of riverside living and to allow you to maximize each opportunity to stop and smell the roses – and whichever other blooms you might come across. While taking it all in, you’d do well to dine at one of the city’s most beloved destinations for regional cuisine. Gourmands from far and wide (and right round the corner) swear the age-old Commander’s Palace is the best restaurant in town – and have been doing so since it opened back in 1880.
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