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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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See the popular floats and how they are made year-round. This is one of the most popular tours offered in New Orleans, offered 7 days a week.

Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans. Millions of people visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras to get into the carnival atmosphere of the parades, music and attractions. The floats are exciting and interesting to see in the parades, but you can get a bit more insight to how they are made and learn the history of the Mardi Gras at Blaine Kern’s and find out how they became such an integral part of the event.

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World is easy to get to with frequent free shuttles for those who purchase tickets for the tour. There are shuttle pick up sites at 20 locations throughout downtown New Orleans. This is especially nice for visitors who are staying in the French Quarter without a car during their visit. Tours operate 7 days a week from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Tours start every 30 minutes and last about an hour. They are closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and Easter and of course during Mardi Gras.

Mardi GrasIncluded in the all access tour you will see the Mardi Gras costumes and see a video. The best part is at the end when you get a free slice of King Cake. The New Orleans King Cake is traditionally made like a cinnamon roll with a sugar based icing in the traditional colorings (gold, purple and green) for Mardi Gras. Inside the cake a lucky person will find a trinket that gives them special privileges and obligations.

There is also a Café near the Riverside that offers traditional New Orleans cuisine, including red beans and rice, creole jambalaya, and chicken and sausage gumbo. So, you get a bit of history, entertainment and great food all in one location.

This is a great location to host a wedding, corporate event, music event, or team building exercise. Tickets for tours are $19.95 for adults and kids 12 and up, $15.95 for seniors 65+ and students with IDs, $12.95 for kids 2-11. Plan to visit Blaine Kern’s early in the day because the last tour starts at 4:30.

Mardi Gras WorldThis tour is a fun experience for those who cannot make it to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. They can learn about the float carvings and the meaning of the many symbols and concepts of the floats and then enjoy a taste of New Orleans’ many specialties and maybe even find the price in a slice of King Cake. With its convenient location to the French Quarter visitors can start their fun at Blaine Kern’s and then check out other events and tours nearby. This is particularly great for families who are traveling without a car during their stay.

Visit Blaine Kerns website for detailed information for tours and tickets. Contact them if you need special accommodations set up before your visit.


Tour Hours: Open daily: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Address/Map:  1380 Port of New Orleans Pl. New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: (504) 361-7821
Website: Plan your visit to Mardi Gras World
Admission: Adults & Children $19.95 | Seniors & Students $15.95 | Children (2-11) $12.95