Behind the Scenes of Mardi Gras


In New Orleans, some people work to create Mardi Gras 365 days a year. While you are Behind the Scenes, you will experience a tour of Mardi Gras World accompanied with an all access pass to the studio where the festival’s magnificent floats are built. Bring a camera and get a picture next to King Kong, Marilyn Monroe or the giant Bacchasaurus. You’ll also get a chance to visit the Presbytere, a historic building that houses an unbelievable 16,000-square-foot Mardi Gras exhibit.

Highlights of Behind the Scenes of Mardi Gras:

  • Discover how Blaine Kern Studios builds its massive Mardi Gras floats year after year
  • Get a taste of King Cake, a Mardi Gras favorite
  • Visit Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana


Tour Guides

What to Expect on Your Tour

While behind the scenes of Mardi Gras, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the magic of Mardi Gras. You’ll begin with a visit to Mardi Gras World to view thousands of sensational sculptured props and breathtaking giant figures on display year-round. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras. Before departing, you’ll enjoy some King Cake, a New Orleans Mardi Gras favorite.

After Mardi Gras World, you’ll travel to the Presbytere. Constructed in 1791, the Presbytere was originally intended to be a residence for the clergy of St. Louis Cathedral. Today the Presbytere houses a dynamic, 16,000-square-foot exhibit, Mardi Gras: Its Carnival Time in Louisiana. Here, Mardi Gras is portrayed through scores of costumes, numerous video stations, a climb-aboard float, hands-on activities, a music listening station and much more. Highlights of the exhibit include the Crown Jewels of Carnival royalty, celebrity costumes and elaborate, historic artifacts of early krewes.

This tour includes:

  • Private guided tour of Mardi Gras World
  • King cake for each guest
  • Mardi Gras souvenir for each guest
  • Admission and free time at the Presbytere
  • Licensed tour guides onsite
  • Deluxe round-trip minicoach transportation