Mardi Gras World: Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Why We Love This

  • All entrance fees included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Family friendly

Mardi Gras World

Hop on the complimentary shuttle from any of its 20 convenient downtown New Orleans locations. When you arrive at Mardi Gras World, located on the beautiful riverfront, you’ll be greeted by your friendly, knowledgeable guide for a 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of this famous facility.

What You'll Do

Explore the warehouses where artisans create spectacular Mardi Gras floats that are used in more than 40 parades each year. Admire the intricate designs and vibrant colors of these interesting, one-of-a-kind creations as your guide explains their meanings. Wandering through these magical studio spaces, you’ll see firsthand the skillful craftsmanship that goes into every float, giving you unique insight into the hard work, creativity and extensive planning that goes into such a grand celebration.
Your guide will teach you about the history of this unique and festive tradition that goes beyond its modern-day reputation of wild celebration antics.
Snap photos in front of the floats, pose with props, and try on Mardi Gras costumes with your friends and family. Top your experience off with a piece of King Cake, a delicious Mardi Gras tradition!

What You'll Do

Hop on the complimentary shuttle from any of its 20 convenient downtown New Orleans locations. When you arrive at Mardi Gras World, located on the beautiful riverfront, you’ll be greeted by your friendly, knowledgeable guide for a 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of this famous facility.
Explore the warehouses where artisans create spectacular Mardi Gras floats that are used in more than 40 parades each year. Admire the intricate designs and vibrant colors of these interesting, one-of-a-kind creations as your guide explains their meanings. Wandering through these magical studio spaces, you’ll see firsthand the skillful craftsmanship that goes into every float, giving you unique insight into the hard work, creativity and extensive planning that goes into such a grand celebration.
Your guide will teach you about the history of this unique and festive tradition that goes beyond its modern-day reputation of wild celebration antics.
Snap photos in front of the floats, pose with props, and try on Mardi Gras costumes with your friends and family. Top your experience off with a piece of King Cake, a delicious Mardi Gras tradition!

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance

Departure Point

Shuttle transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations; please call tour operator for a list of pickup locations (contact details provided on confirmation voucher)

Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.

Duration

60 minutes

Departure Time

9:30am - 3:30pm
Tours occur every half hour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Inclusions

Admission to Mardi Gras World
Guided walking tour
Slice of King Cake
Shuttle pickup and drop-off from select downtown New Orleans locations

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Tour does not operate on Mardi Gras Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and Easter
A moderate amount of walking is involved

Completed floats may not be along the tour route the week leading up to Fat Tuesday


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

Exlusions

Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point: Shuttle transport is provided from 20 downtown New Orleans locations; please call tour operator for a list of pickup locations (contact details provided on confirmation voucher)

Shuttles run every half hour from each locations from morning until mid‐afternoon. Please call tour operator for estimated pickup time.

"Very good! The tour of..."

January 26, 2018 - 

Very good! The tour of the warehouse was wonderful. The guide was a joy and the sites amazing. The shuttle was a much longer wait than we were told and the driver was not as customer friendly as I think he could have been. Other then the shuttle the tour is well worth the time...very interesting and fun.


"Loved learning about the history..."

January 6, 2018 - 

Loved learning about the history of this event and seeing the floats upclose!


"This tour was very interesting...."

December 31, 2017 - 

This tour was very interesting. Great to have a chance to go behind the scenes. A nice way to spend an afternoon away from the heat!


"Truly one-of-a-kind, there's not 'something..."

December 13, 2017 - 

Truly one-of-a-kind, there's not 'something else like this' anywhere. It's got a great story and a great history behind it. Got a wonderful guide Madison, a lifer from N.O. who's lived Mardi Gras her entire life. 15 min. film of the history of all things Mardi Gras then a tour of the warehouse that was incredible and fascinating. If you're going to do New Orleans you really should check this place out.


"I never knew... I learned..."

November 13, 2017 - 

I never knew... I learned so much about the Mardi Gras and saw how the masks and costumes and fabulous floats are made in the wonderful one-hour tour.


"Very interesting to learn about..."

November 12, 2017 - 

Very interesting to learn about the history of the Mardi Gras parade. Enjoyed seeing and learning about how those wonderful floats and figures are made.


"We loved this. I would..."

October 26, 2017 - 

We loved this. I would recommend it. They pick you up and bring you back at a close location to you. You can stay as long as you wish.
Van runs every half hour. First there is a movie, then a talk, then a slice of King cake. After that you are taken on a guided tour to see floats and enormous statues. We were lucky to see some of the workers working on the statues. Then you are on your own for as long as you wish to stay. Picture taking is allowed.


"We were not able to..."

October 25, 2017 - 

We were not able to buy the senior rate tickets through Viator and paid the adult rate. You have a low price guarantee and you refused to honor it when I called the next day. That is wrong


"The interesting sight of floats..."

October 11, 2017 - 

The interesting sight of floats and costumes. You get to see people working on the next project in action.


"love this it is a..."

October 10, 2017 - 

love this it is a must do list .!!colo


"A nice behind the scenes..."

October 10, 2017 - 

A nice behind the scenes perspective chock full of history. Helpful shuttle back to town.


"Just amazing! Every you want..."

September 26, 2017 - 

Just amazing! Every you want to know about Mardi Gras and see the floats up close.


"Go early. Nobody..."

September 23, 2017 - 

Go early. Nobody


"This was one of our..."

September 4, 2017 - 

This was one of our most economically priced tours and not sure what to expect!! We were thrilled! Kids loved it- we loved it- great pictures, great feeling and certainly more than worth the ticket price! Go for it!


"The tour was informative, but..."

August 11, 2017 - 

The tour was informative, but limited. The ride pick up and drop off was outstanding. Highly recomend


"Really cool to get the..."

August 7, 2017 - 

Really cool to get the inside look at the creation and painting of the floats. Ability to walk around on your own which was nice also. Should note however there was no air conditioning in the building just big fans and it was hot!


"This was one of the..."

August 2, 2017 - 

This was one of the surprising highlights of our trip to New Orleans. The floats are simply unbelievable and the guide provides loads of useful information as well as some fun bits including dressing up in costume. This has inspired me to come back to New Orleans when Mardi Gras is on to see the floats in action.


"Very interesting!..."

July 31, 2017 - 

Very interesting!


"This tour is not worth..."

June 24, 2017 - 

This tour is not worth the money. If you have limited time, I recommend doing something else in the city.


"Mardi Gras World was interesting..."

June 12, 2017 - 

Mardi Gras World was interesting and it was fun to see where they built the floats. The King Cake was yummy, too. But I asked a couple of questions, and our guide just didn't seem to get it. I didn't understand the whole krewe thing and how each had their own parade? But it was neat to see it all in progress and to see the artists working. We caught the shuttle from the FQ and were told it would take us back as well. When we were finished with our tour, we were told the traffic was too heavy and there would be no shuttle back to the FQ that afternoon. By that day, our 3 day Hop-On, Hop-Off pass had expired. Great! We walked outside and there was our shuttle with a sign in the window saying French Quarter...same driver, too. He said hop on and I'll get you close. Apparently traffic was a nightmare in the FQ and he could only get us a couple of blocks from it. It worked out great for us! We would definitely recommend this tour, just maybe earlier in the day.


"Excellent Tour definitely a must..."

June 9, 2017 - 

Excellent Tour definitely a must do while visiting N.O.


"It was interesting to see..."

June 3, 2017 - 

It was interesting to see what the artists do to build the floats but the initial video was a little boring and the king cake was stale


"Fun, was what we expected!..."

May 29, 2017 - 

Fun, was what we expected! Was also interesting to see how the floats are made. If you're looking for the heart of New Orleans this tour is a good option.


"Had to call shuttle driver..."

May 27, 2017 - 

Had to call shuttle driver twice for pick up after 10 min ETA turned into 35. No slice of cake, no costumes, and tour was 15 min. Rest was just wandering around on own. Skip Viator for this tour and just buy tickets at location.


"Very interesting...."

May 20, 2017 - 

Very interesting.


"This tour was better than..."

May 12, 2017 - 

This tour was better than expected! I had no idea that one company Kern family creates all the floats for Mardis Gras not to mention creating for multiple Disney locations as well as the Chic Fil A billboard cows : I enjoy 'behind the scenes' tours so this was great, learned about the manufacturing of the floats as well as the operational, design and marketing sides. If you like 'behind the scenes', this is a great tour. Guide was great, though a bit rushed. Shuttle will pick you up on call at most hotels, driver was excellent!


"Soo colorful and fun! The..."

May 1, 2017 - 

Soo colorful and fun! The tour is short, but you can ask all the questions you want and take time to look around. There are costumes to try on, a video, a slice of King Cake, and the tour! A must do for families!


"Nice museum, it was nice..."

April 30, 2017 - 

Nice museum, it was nice to see how things were made and got to see some of older floats which were used in previous Mardi Gras. I would like to go back to NOLA to see real Mardi Gras one day. It's truly nice museum to visit. We had complementary shuttle from hotel so it was nice.


"I highly recommend this tour...enjoyed..."

April 14, 2017 - 

I highly recommend this tour...enjoyed seeing the floats and learning about how Mardi Gras works.


"The process that is used..."

April 8, 2017 - 

The process that is used to create the characters on the floats was very interesting.


"This tour was amazing!..."

April 5, 2017 - 

This tour was amazing!


"Highly recommend taking the time..."

March 27, 2017 - 

Highly recommend taking the time to visit! Great info and insight into the history and tradition of Mardi Gras! So cool to see all the floats and how they start out on a sheet of paper to completion by very talented craftsman!


"Nice but it would nice..."

March 6, 2017 - 

Nice but it would nice if it was longer


"We had fun trying those..."

February 27, 2017 - 

We had fun trying those krewe costumes and taking pics with the floats. Amazing pixie robot! A must in NoLa!


"Very interesting so see how..."

February 25, 2017 - 

Very interesting so see how they make everything that they use in the parades.


"Very interesting tour. It starts..."

February 20, 2017 - 

Very interesting tour. It starts with a short film and some King Cake. Our guide then took us to the warehouse and gave us back ground information into the parades, krews, and we experienced first hand the artistry that surrounds the year round construction that goes into preparing for this New Orleans celebration. It is absolutely amazing what this talented company can do. Prepare to be in awe!


"This tour is well worth..."

February 17, 2017 - 

This tour is well worth the money. I would recommend going in the morning before it gets crowded. They show you a short film about the history of Mardi Gras and then you go on a guided tour through the warehouse. After the tour, they let you wander around and take pictures. They have a lot, and I mean a lot, of props from past Mardi Gras parades. We went one week before Mardi Gras and they were working on 20-30 floats for one of the upcoming parades. It was totally amazing. This was one of my favorite tours and I would definitely go again.


"It was a fun experience,..."

February 4, 2017 - 

It was a fun experience, we got to see a lot of the floats and all the different pieces that go into it. I would have liked to see more of the floats being put together though, also they have a robot that cuts some of the shapes that go into the floats, I would have liked to see that in process. Otherwise I would recommend.


"This tour was so much..."

February 3, 2017 - 

This tour was so much fun!!! I've been to NOLA many times and never realized the tour was available. Interesting facts about the beginnings of Mardi Gras and the making of the floats. We went at the perfect time, just a few weeks before the beginning of the parades. I felt like a kid at the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Gigantic bright flowers, characters and floats!!


"Great view of the Mississippi..."

January 25, 2017 - 

Great view of the Mississippi River!


"A very cool place to..."

January 22, 2017 - 

A very cool place to visit. Very inspiring for artists.


"This was a terrific tour...."

January 12, 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.


"It was really amazing to..."

January 4, 2017 - 

It was really amazing to see the larger than life floats and learn about how they are made.


"This tour was informative and..."

November 2, 2016 - 

This tour was informative and fun! It was a bit cheesy, but that's the fun of it! It was interesting to see the artists working on the upcoming floats and interesting to know float making is a year round job! This company makes floats for companies all over the united states and I learned a lot about the process. If you're going to be in NOLA for a few days, it's worth the visit. One thing to mention, if you plan on using the shuttle back and forth from the French Quarter make sure you hold onto your ticket which was a beaded necklace with a medallion on it or you won't be able to board the shuttle. I wish someone had told us that as I didn't know the necklace was our ticket and I left mine in the bathroom.


"It was great to see..."

October 14, 2016 - 

It was great to see them working in the warehouse year round on the numerous floats and to hear the history. Other than that not much going on.


"This is an interesting and..."

September 9, 2016 - 

This is an interesting and amazing tour. We had no idea how much goes into the making of the floats for the Mardi Gras parade. It's great that you get to see the whole process from design to completion and you also get to walk around on your own and see the floats.


"our cousin from Italy was..."

August 19, 2016 - 

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


"Mardi Gras World was neat...."

August 3, 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.


"A must tour to do..."

July 21, 2016 - 

A must tour to do when in New Orleans :


"Very interesting to hear how..."

July 3, 2016 - 

Very interesting to hear how the floats are made.


"Very interesting to see the..."

June 28, 2016 - 

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


"The floats were amazing. It..."

June 23, 2016 - 

The floats were amazing. It and #39;s a nice short tour with a lot to look at.


"The tour was very entertaining..."

June 14, 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!


"Staff very friendly and helpful..."

June 4, 2016 - 

Staff very friendly and helpful


"Very good tour the guide..."

April 15, 2016 - 

Very good tour the guide was informative and the workmanship of the props is amazing


"I highly recommend a trip..."

April 13, 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.


"This was really worth it!..."

March 4, 2016 - 

This was really worth it! Very interesting tour.


"Just great tour and very..."

February 21, 2016 - 

Just great tour and very educational about all the work that goes into the floats and other images we recognize from TV programs.


"WAS A VERY INTERESTING TOUR...."

February 13, 2016 - 

WAS A VERY INTERESTING TOUR. WAS GLAD TO WENT THE DAY BEFORE MARDI GRAS DAY, WE LEARNED ALOT ABOUT THE FLOATS AND HISTORY .


"Great to see all the..."

November 1, 2015 - 

Great to see all the passion that goes into making Mardi Gras so special each and every year!


"This tour was quite interesting..."

September 20, 2015 - 

This tour was quite interesting and informative.


"tour too short...."

August 24, 2015 - 

tour too short.


"Excellent tour, very interesting and..."

June 30, 2015 - 

Excellent tour, very interesting and fun. Amazing artists at work


"Unique experience. Boring, uninformed tour..."

May 31, 2015 - 

Unique experience. Boring, uninformed tour guide. (Told us that it was a coincidence that Fat Tuesday happened just before Ash Wed. and that MG had no religious roots.) You should go, but don't expect to learn anything! :)


"Great learning experience about the..."

May 28, 2015 - 

Great learning experience about the making of the Mardi Gras floats.


"This tour was fantastic! It..."

April 17, 2015 - 

This tour was fantastic! It was so interesting to learn the history and the process of how the floats are made.


"This tour was amazing!..."

April 2, 2015 - 

This tour was amazing!


"Excellent presentation and quite informative..."

March 29, 2015 - 

Excellent presentation and quite informative


"Loved the experience. The floats..."

March 24, 2015 - 

Loved the experience. The floats we saw in storage were gorgeous and unbelievable. Loved seeing the process of creation. It was fun dressing up in costumes and taking photos. Learned a lot about Mardi Gras!


"It was very informative and..."

February 17, 2015 - 

It was very informative and it was astonishing


"This tour was amazing!..."

February 10, 2015 - 

This tour was amazing!


"This tour was so amazing...."

February 4, 2015 - 

This tour was so amazing. It was so much fun. Great job staff


"Great tour. Excellent overview of..."

February 3, 2015 - 

Great tour. Excellent overview of the work that goes into the year-round planning and running of this huge "party". We got a complete tour of the main warehouse....wasn't really expecting to see this much access...so that was great!! We went the 2nd week of January, which was a good time to tour. We were able to take as many pictures as we wanted.


"I would go on this..."

February 1, 2015 - 

I would go on this tour again. The guide was informative. The Props were great. The price was good.


"I was impressed by Mardi..."

January 26, 2015 - 

I was impressed by Mardi Gras World. The tour of the warehouse was informative; I learned so much about Mardi Gras's history and parade rules. The props and floats are impressive. It's a short tour and worth a stop when visiting New Orleans.


"great experience to see how..."

January 15, 2015 - 

great experience to see how the world and magic of mardi grass is created, be aware that this is located very far off so you have to asked them to call when you are done so a driver can pick you up and drop you at center of city, they have different stops so make sure you call to see which one is closer to your hotel for pick up, we even got to see artists working


"Very interesting! We enjoyed learning..."

January 11, 2015 - 

Very interesting! We enjoyed learning about how the floats were designed and built


"Fun, informative, you also see..."

January 3, 2015 - 

Fun, informative, you also see a short movie on history of Mardi Gras. You see many of the floats in a huge warehouse. People are actually working on floats as you tour. Great for people of all ages.


"Tour was really interesting. My..."

December 29, 2014 - 

Tour was really interesting. My daughter really enjoyed all the props.


"Very Interesting. We were in..."

November 22, 2014 - 

Very Interesting. We were in a very small group -- which we loved and were able to see everything. Well worth the money. And we got King Cake!


"This tour was amazing!..."

November 15, 2014 - 

This tour was amazing!


"The floats and decorations were..."

November 3, 2014 - 

The floats and decorations were amazing. What a way to see the floats if unable to attend Mardi Gras


"Interesting tour..."

October 19, 2014 - 

Interesting tour


"The tour was quite interesting..."

October 12, 2014 - 

The tour was quite interesting and fun.


"Very cool place!..."

September 22, 2014 - 

Very cool place!


"I thoroughly enjoyed the tour..."

July 23, 2014 - 

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and was fascinated by the level of detail and hard work that goes into preparing for Mardis Gras on a yearly basis with new themes etc. It was short and sweet. I loved trying on the outfits and getting the snacks and being allowed to take pictures inside the workroom


"Would recommend this tour, especially..."

July 21, 2014 - 

Would recommend this tour, especially tourists with young family. It was quite amazing to hear about the making of Mardi gras and also see all those colorful floats. You also get to try the King Cake and try out some of those colorful costumes. Make sure you take photos of yourselves all dressed up, makes for a great souvenir!


"This tour was amazing!..."

July 16, 2014 - 

This tour was amazing!


"It was very interesting to..."

June 1, 2014 - 

It was very interesting to see how they make the floats!


"What a great little tour!..."

April 14, 2014 - 

What a great little tour! We learned more than we could have imagined about the MG parades and Krewes. It was very, very interesting! We were amazed by all of the Mardi Gras props on hand for us to photograph and admire. We saw props being created for next year's parade. And the tour company is so flexible! We had reservations for Monday, but Sunday was windy and rainy, so we called and asked to switch days. No problem! They even sent a van to pick us up at the hotel. I would highly recommend this tour. You will walk away with a greater understanding of the NOLA Mardi Gras parades, the KREWE system and an appreciation for the props that make those floats fantastic!


"We had a great time..."

April 7, 2014 - 

We had a great time on the tour. It's a great tour for all ages. My only complaint is that we took the last tour of the day and felt that we were really rushed through the area.


"Great information and visually amazing...."

March 31, 2014 - 

Great information and visually amazing.


"A must attraction for NOLA..."

March 15, 2014 - 

A must attraction for NOLA visitors!


"Fantastic morning learning about Mardi..."

March 3, 2014 - 

Fantastic morning learning about Mardi Gras: the history and the hard work that goes into designing new floats each year! Very interesting tour, a must when in New Orleans!!


"the next best thing to..."

March 3, 2014 - 

the next best thing to being at a Mardi Gras parade and festivities itself


"This is a tour of..."

February 24, 2014 - 

This is a tour of the facility that makes the floats for the four super-krewes. If you cannot be at the parades themselves it is a nice way to see some of the floats if it is close to Mardi Gras.


"Sehr intressante und beeindruckende Tour,..."

February 10, 2014 - 

Sehr intressante und beeindruckende Tour, nicht nur für Karneval Fans.


"Very informative and enjoyable. Highly..."

January 15, 2014 - 

Very informative and enjoyable. Highly recommend as must see


"I really enjoyed the tour,..."

December 17, 2013 - 

I really enjoyed the tour, also you can learn about everything happening in the "Mardi Gras" definitely recommend it for people who don´t have the opportunity to come to the carnival.


"short and sweet. the movie..."

November 9, 2013 - 

short and sweet. the movie was very interesting.


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