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Mardi Gras World

  • Neighborhood:
    Arts/Warehouse/Convention District
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    9:30am - Last tour at 4:30pm

  • Mardi Gras
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  • Outdoor Area

To get the feeling of Mardi Gras year-round, visit Mardi Gras World, the largest float designing and building facility in the world. Here more than 80 percent of the floats that journey down New Orleans' streets during the Carnival season are designed and built.

Begun in 1947 by float designer and builder Blaine Kern, Mardi Gras World provides visitors with the opportunity to don authentic Mardi Gras costumes and tour enormous warehouses filled with floats. The tour includes a short video and guide who is quite knowledgeable about Mardi Gras history and customs. And for a taste of Mardi Gras, king cake and piping hot New Orleans coffee are served.

During the tour, visitors learn about the many traditions surrounding Mardi Gras parades, balls and music, as well as the intricacies of float designing and building. Mardi Gras floats began rumbling down New Orleans streets in 1837 with mule-drawn carriages. Today the tradition continues with sophisticated mega-floats, which hold more than 200 masked riders and are lit with fiber optic cables and laser lights.


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Venue Specs
  • Facility Buyout: Yes
  • Max Banquet: 1500
  • Max Facility Banquet: 1800
  • Max Facility Reception: 6000
  • Max Reception: 3500
  • Max Theatre: 1500
  • Number of Private Rooms: 3
  • Private Rooms: Yes
Meeting Spaces
Room Name SQ. FT. Ceiling Theater Classroom Banquet Reception
Float Den 46260 20 2500 4600
Lagniappe Area 14265 20 1200 650 780 1400
Gallery 2465 12 220 110 130 240
Mardi Gras World Plaza 6160 330 600
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