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Mardi Gras World in New Orleans LA

Mardi Gras World is a tourist attraction created in 1984 where guests can watch the artists of Blaine Kern Studios at work on props and floats for New Orleans Mardi Gras, LA Carnival and many other parades.

Knowledgeable guides walk you through the huge warehouse where floats for past and future Mardi Gras parades are stored along with a large collection of sculptures and props that may be reused — as-is or modified — on future projects. A short movie on the history of Mardi Gras, displays of Carnival costumes and a slice of King Cake are included.
Blaine Kern Studios has been creating most of the floats for Mardi Gras in New Orleans since 1947 and is the world’s leading maker of floats, sculptures and props, not only for Carnival in NO but Mardi Gras parade at Universal Studios Florida, Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Japan’s Toho Park and theme parks, casinos and amusement parks around the world.
On your tour you’ll learn about the volume of work produced — 40 to 60 parades over 2 weeks during Carnival in New Orleans alone and 20+ floats with up to 50 riders each for every parade — along with a bit of the history of the event.
Enjoy the photo’s below and hundreds more in my New Orleans Vacation Guide including details on the history of Mardi Gras and Carnival illustrated with pictures from the Louisiana State Museum.

Mardi Gras World pictures

One of the first impressions in the warehouse is how big and colorful the sculptures, props and floats are.

Jokers paper mache sculpture picture

Photo of people next to Bacchus float


You are likely to see several floats from past or future Carnival.

Carnival float picture

Flower float


Sometimes a single float has several sections. The photo below is of the front end of a multiple section float over 50 feet long.

Front section of long float


Some props and sculptures have obviously been around for quite awhile.

Dusty busts picture

Blackface busts picture


Many themes are drawn from popular culture.

Batman sculpture picture

Pooh Bear and Roger Rabbit sculptures picture


Other floats and sculptures might be indicative of New Orleans or Louisiana locations or culture.

French Market float picture

picture of shrimp sculpture

Voodoo float

One of the highlights of visiting Mardi Gras World is watching the artists at work.

Sculpting styrofoam picture

Painting seashells picture
The large head sculpture below is being repaired and/or modified with paper mache.

Sculpture repair photo

Mardi Gras World artist studio picture


Mardi Gras Costumes

After the tour you can explore the warehouse on your own, check out the many Mardi Gras Carnival costumes on display and have a piece of King Cake.
Mardi Gras costumes and large crown picture
Mardi Gras costume picture
Female manikin in Mardi Gras costume picture
Child manikin in Mardi Gras costume picture

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