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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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Garden District
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Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number:
+1 504-361-7821
09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Excellent visit to Mardi Gras World

We picked up the free shuttle to Blaine Kerns' Mardi Gras World at the Hotel Sonesta in the French Quarter. The tour of the facility is $20 per adult. First you watch a brief film... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We picked up the free shuttle to Blaine Kerns' Mardi Gras World at the Hotel Sonesta in the French Quarter. The tour of the facility is $20 per adult. First you watch a brief film about the history of the company and a bit about Mardi Gras. Then you are fed a piece of King Cake (yum) and are led... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed seeing the parade floats behind the scenes. We had a private party there and it was fantastic! Loved the mini parade.

Thank Robin S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we went to see the Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras float they were just the fabulous thing I had ever seen before in my life. The art work is out of this world just so creative things I've ever expirence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the nuts and bolts of the Mardi Gras parade and so interesting to see how it is put together. Artisians at work and bigger than life items are made for the parage. It gives you a feel for what a big part the parade is to the people who live here and visitors alike. Even children will like... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice introductory film outlines the history of Mardi Gras in NOLA. We were with friends who had no idea there were more than one "Mardi Gras Parades". See floats from various Krewes up close. You tour part of the workshop and see artists working the adornments. Nice visit.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We toured the Mardi Gras world Saturday before the parades. We took advantage of the free shuttle service from our hotel. We called and the shuttle arrived at the Hilton in about 5 minutes. We were able to make the first tour at 9:30. The video was about 15 minutes long and kept my 9 year old entertained. We all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting video, King Cake sampling, and tour of production facility. This tour is a good use of your time if you are not in NOLA during the parades. The scale of the floats is amazing. Several shuttle pickup locations that are convenient to major hotels.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here during our visit to NO. They pick you up at your hotel free and bring you there. A short informative film is shown as well as a sample of King cake. Then a tour of the warehouse of floats and workers making the floats. You can spend as muck time as you want on your own walking thru... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The impact of the floats goes so far beyond what you thought. The steps to a completed float are fascinating, and you will not believe the eye to detail and craftmanship that is incorporated into each float.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have the power pass, for sure go, but make sure you take the free shuttle! If you do not it is $20 per person and not really worth that price! It is cool seeing the floats and how they are made!!

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