Mardi Gras World

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.


Artist working on a parade sculpture

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.


Sculptures being worked on in the studio

 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


Saving Flat Jean from the alligator



A Collage of Photos from Madri Gras World

Beignets and Café du Monde


The original Cafe du Monde

I recently went on my first trip to New Orleans with my parents.  When we arrived, the first thing my mom wanted to do was eat beignets.  A beignet is a French deep-fried pastry similar to a fritter.  The beignets in New Orleans are covered with a hefty amount of powered sugar.

So on our first morning we set out on a quest for beignets at the famous Cafe du Monde (French for cafe of the world).  This open-air cafe was established in 1862 and is located on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square.  It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and closes only on Christmas day.  The only food item on the menu is the beignet that comes in a serving of 3 and they offer chicory coffee.

Since I was not familiar with the layout of the city that first morning, I made a mistake in our navigation and we ended up at a satellite location in the Riverwalk outlets at the Port of New Orleans rather than the original location.  This smaller Cafe du Monde had more of a local flair and less tourists so we were able to enjoy more of the people working there.

My error in not finding the original location of the cafe that morning was an excuse to have another serving of beignets during our stay!

It was at this point I knew I would love New Orleans since it’s a place that accepts fried dough as a breakfast food.


Flat Jean enjoying beignets