Visit Mardi Gras World: Hours, Tour and History

Mardi Gras WorldA trip to Mardi Gras World is something every visitor must experience while in New Orleans. It is an essential attraction that shows how unique this part of Louisiana really is. Once inside, you will truly understand the spirit and culture of the people and find yourself lost in a world of fantasy.

What makes Mardi Gras World so special are the artists who build and sculpt the magnificent parade floats. As you journey through this magical world, you will marvel at their spectacular technological skills and become engulfed in decades of traditions and New Orleans history.

These tours always top the list of the best things to do in New Orleans and you and your family can easily spend hours touring, taking photos and even dressing up. You can also have a bite to eat in the world famous Mardi Gras World Café.

To have the best experience, make sure you choose one of the New Orleans packages that feature this attraction. This will ensure that you have enough time on your schedule so you don’t miss out on the fun. Between the music, the lights and all of the fantastic colors, you will be blown away.

Mardi Gras World Hours

The hours of operation are excellent because with the exception of four days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Mardi Gras Day and Easter, they are open every day of the week. The doors open at 9:30 each morning and remain that way until 5:00 p.m. As an added convenience, if you stay in one of the French Quarter hotels, you can arrange for a free shuttle and save cab fare or a ride on the trolley.

Mardi Gras World Tours

To maintain a steady flow of traffic, tours are booked twice an hour. This allows each group to have a leisure stroll through, without bunching up and becoming over crowded. Each tour takes about 2 hours, which is plenty of time to wander through this massive warehouse. It’s the best way to see how they prepare the floats for the Mardi Gras festival, which begins a couple weeks prior to Fat Tuesday.

Mardi Gras World Facts

– The tour starts with one of the guides showing a 12-minute film about the history of the Mardi Gras. You see parades dating back to the 1950s.

– There are 19 warehouses and each one has a specific purpose. One of the larger warehouses is just for accessories and completed floats.

– All of the floats are designed by krewes, or ‘clubs’, an old English phrase. One krewe can spend as much as $40,000 to design and complete their float.

– A typical float is constructed out of Styrofoam, paper Mache, fiberglass and fiber optic lighting.

– Each float, no matter the theme or style must have three main colors, green, which stands for faith, purple for justice and gold, which stands for power.

– More than 500 new floats are created in this warehouse every year. They begin production immediately following Mardi Gras to ensure perfect replicas.