Jul 202014
 

“Bringing Float Creations to Life”

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Mardi Gras World

No visit to New Orleans is complete without a trip to Mardi Gras World. Located in the uptown/garden district, Mardi Gras World is the largest float designing and building facility in the world. Artists work year round creating 80% of the floats that fill the street of New Orleans during Carnival season.

As a young man, Blaine Kern painted a mural on a hospital wall to help pay for his mother’s hospital bill.  A surgeon saw his work and asked him to design a float for his Krewe. From there designing floats lead to designing whole parades. He became the city’s leading parade designer.  After studying float design in Italy, he came back to New Orleans and founded MGW in 1947.

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Artists work areas

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Artist at work

The tour includes short video explaining the history and customs of Mardi Gras. It continues by walking thru the float den where artists work. Then into enormous warehouse filled with a huge assortment of amazing floats. Floats from earlier years are on display for visitors to get close up views.

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Warehouse of floats

mardi gras world; artist; create; float; design; parade; statues; characters; theme; floats

mardi gras world; artist; create; float; design; parade; statues; characters; theme; floats

mardi gras world; artist; create; float; design; parade; statues; characters; theme; floats

mardi gras world; artist; create; float; design; parade; statues; characters; theme; floats

It is amazing to walk thru all the vividly colored creations. Each one full of character and fun.  It almost felt like you were in a living cartoon land.  I couldn’t decide which character I liked best.

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The hills are alive with the Sound of Moo-sic!

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mardi gras world; artist; create; float; design; parade; statues; characters; theme; floats

The tour runs every 30 minutes and lasts for an hour.  Try on an authentic costume or enjoy some  King Cake and New Orleans coffee in their expansive gift shop!

Mardi Gras World inspires the imagination!  

 

Open daily: 9:30am – 5:30pm. Last tour starts at 4:30
Admission: $19.95 Adults / $15.95 Seniors / $15.95 Students with college ID / $12.95 Children
Groups of 10+: Adults $16.95 / Kids $19.00 / Seniors $12.05
 
1380 Port of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA, 70114
 
504-361-7821. 800-362-8213
Paid parking lot available. Or ask about their free shuttle for you and your travel companions.
 
Mardi Gras World
Blaine Kern Studios
 
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