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

1. New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Discover Mardi Gras magic on a self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World, where artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season in New Orleans since 1947. Begin your tour by receiving your ticket in form of a bead necklace and watch a film which gives an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the role Mardi Gras World plays in it to this day. Then, enjoy a slice of the traditional Mardi Gras cake, King Cake, before your self-guided tour leads you through the float den. Explore where Mardi Gras World artists work year-round to build spectacular, one-of-a-kind floats and props, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. See how the various themed elements are created from scratch or are adapted from elements created for previous themes — from sculpting the elements, to finishing and painting them. There is even an electronic robot that can carve 3-D sculptures. Take photos with some of the finished pieces from various themes over the years, then tour the floats themselves. Get up closer to the floats than is possible during Mardi Gras parades, and find out how these amazing pieces come to life each year. See floats in various stages of completion as they prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras as much as a whole year before. At the end of the tour, stay and take more pictures with any of the floats if you like. For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle service is provided from stops in Downtown; just call the number provided on your voucher for your nearest stop and to arrange pickup.

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What people are saying about Mardi Gras World

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 405 reviews

This was the first tour during our recent stay April 21-26th. The tour guide was knowledgeable and was friendly in answering questions of guests. We chose not to get off at any stop but instead rode the duration of the tour. Options for being under the canopy or under the uncovered portion of the top part of the bus were available. We chose to walk to Basin St to exchange our vouchers. The wait wasn't long at all and within about 15-20min we were on our way. Stops along the route were also quick.

Omg i don’t know how to start. We have two guides Jonathan and Zelda and they were awesome!! The explanation,the story,the jokes everything was so detailed and funny, open to questions jezz best tour I have been. Again, thank you Jonathan and Zelda for your time and thank u too drivers always helpful.

This is the 2nd time I have used the guide. Both experiences have been awesome, the guides are knowledgeable, funny and personable.

If you want to get to know all of the interesting points in New Orleans this is definitely the BEST way to go!

Thoroughly enjoyed it! Saw parts of New Orleans I didn't know existed and learned lot! Worth the money!