Mardi Gras World shares the secrets of Mardi Gras

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learns the secrets of mardi gras at mardi gras world

While I experienced many adventures during my New Orleans Hotel Collection trip, I think our time at Mardi Gras World was the most interesting. Mardi Gras is known worldwide as a time when tourists and locals alike are encouraged to take part in costume fun, beg for beads and look in awe at every float that comes down Bourbon Street. But, did you know that Mardi Gras is actually the last day of a two week celebration? This, amongst many other key parts of Mardi Gras history, showed me how this yearly celebration means way more than what we see on the surface.

 Mardi Gras World Warehouse

learn secrets of mardi gras at mardi gras world

Blaine Kern studios is responsible for all of the wonderful floats that are viewed during Mardi Gras celebrations, and they work right out of the warehouse in Mardi Gras World, no matter how hot or muggy it may be. I was amazed by the giant fans on the ceilings that kept the whole warehouse cool. With over 100,000 sq. ft, this awesomely historic and huge warehouse is also used for Mardi Gras parties and events. It’s biggest event space is about 89,000 sq. ft. so you can just imagine the beautiful balls that take place there.

secrets of mardi gras at mardi gras world

After a presentation of the history of Mardi Gras, we were able to see, firsthand, how a float is created. Artists were on site sculpting foam and turning it into amazing masterpieces.

secrets of Mardi Gras at Mardi gras World

As you would think, the creation of these floats takes lots of time, effort and planning. All float plans are started the day after Mardi Gras every year, as the artists and Super Krewes need all 11 and a half months to get ready for the next festivities.

Secrets of a Mardi Gras Float

secrets of Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras World

Did you know that most floats have bathrooms right on board? There are even a select few that have bathrooms on the second floor as well. Krewes (the groups who plan and operate the floats) pick out the idea of their float as soon as the theme is announced and work on their costumes and gifts, so they will coincide with the re-occuring theme of all floats. These krewes also throw elaborate balls during Mardi Gras season and pay dues in order to be a part of the parade.

secrets of Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras World

There’s so much to learn at Mardi Gras World and so much fun to be had during the tour. This would be a great family outing or even a fun day attraction for a girls trip to New Orleans. Mardi Gras World also offers a shuttle to it’s establishment; all you have to do is call them and they’ll pick you up at select hotels on Canal St. I hope you enjoy the tour and don’t forget to taste a piece of king cake at the end of the tour!

Disclaimer: I was offered a free VIP ticket to Mardi Gras World during my press trip to New Orleans. All opinions are my own.

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  1. 8.20.13

    Ooooo, I went there and found it completely fascinating!

    • 8.20.13
      Amiyrah said:

      It’s such an awesome experience, right? I would go back again next year, just to see the new floats that would be featured during the tour.

  2. 8.20.13
    Mitch said:

    I love the behind the scenes stuff!
    thanks for this!

  3. 8.20.13
    Mariah said:

    Oh, wow! I love seeing how things like this come together! What a great tour!

  4. 8.20.13

    Working on those floats would be such a fun job!

    • 8.20.13
      Amiyrah said:

      I think so too, Kelly! It looks like such a great creative outlet and you get a good amount of time to get your masterpiece ready.

  5. 8.20.13

    I’ve never been, but I want to go! I love seeing creative floats!

  6. 8.21.13
    Becca said:

    I have been to New Orleans twice and have never even heard of this place. If I go back, I will definitely be visiting there. It sounds fascinating 🙂