At Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, you can enjoy a taste of Mardi Gras year round. This attraction is where the parade floats are made for the Mardi Gras celebrations and are stored here during the off season. Mardi Gras World allows you to get up close and personal to these works of art.
The tour starts with a short video discussing the history of Mardi Gras and the Kern family legacy in making these parade floats. After the movie is finished, guests are given a piece of king cake that is popular during Mardi Gras.
Be careful eating your piece of king cake, there may be a small plastic baby figurine baked inside your piece. Finding the baby in your king cake symbolizes that you are the King or Queen for the day, and you are responsible for throwing and purchasing the king cake for next year’s Mardi Gras party. I unfortunately did not receive the honor of Queen for a day.
Next, the tour travels through the studio where the floats and parade sculptures are made. This area is a large warehouse that contains floats everywhere. Your will find yourself constantly looking around to take in all the parade pieces before you.
Its amazing to see how these creations are carved from styrofoam and is then covered in paper mache and painted. There was even an artist working on a parade sculpture during our tour. Make sure to bring your camera, you are allowed to wander around the studio on your own after the tour and take pictures!
Mardi Gras World is open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 4:30pm and is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place. They offer a free shuttle for guests to be picked up and dropped off. For more information on the shuttle and tours, visit their website at http://www.mardigrasworld.com
A Collage of Photos from Madri Gras World