New Orleans, Louisiana: Mardi Gras World
- 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA
- Drive south from the French Quarter on Tchoupitoulas St. After you pass under the elevated Pontchartrain Expy, turn left onto Henderson St. Drive until it dead-ends a Mardi Gras World. Parking $10.00.
- Daily 9:30-5:30. One-hour tour leaves every 30 minutes; last tour at 4:30. (Call to verify)
- Adults $19.95
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Tour of a giant warehouse full of bizarre Mardi Gras props and floats; watch the artists at work. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [07/27/2014]
Visitor Tips and News About Mardi Gras World
A fascinating look behind the scenes of the Mardi Gras. The tour is expensive, but well worth it, and the information is amazing. You see how the floats and decorations are made. As you walk through the massive warehouse, you'll be surprised by how many characters you recognize. There are also plenty of photo ops. At the beginning of the tour you get to dress up in costumes and take pictures.
I would definitely eat before you get there. The cafe has good food but is extremely expensive....11 dollars for a plain hamburger.[William, 07/22/2012]
Giant warehouse full of Mardi Gras floats. The tour was a little out of my price range, but we went into the gift shop and took a few pictures on the way out. Kids would definitely enjoy this place.[Scott, 04/14/2009]
The Mermaid gate is not on display and has not been for a number of years. There are plenty of other interesting displays and you can see the artists currently working on next year's Mardi Gras.[John Marchiafava, 08/05/2004]
Here is an image of the mermaids in situ at the World's Fair. They are now in the huge, surrealistic warehouses of Mardi Gras World in Algiers across the river from downtown New Orleans. You can take the ferry and walk on the levee towards the river bridge until you hit it. It is a bit expensive, but worth it if you are not visiting in Carnival season; also it is the only way to see the Mermaids now. Essential if you are a mermaid nut; especially essential if you want mermaids to counter Disney's Ariel (who we all liked until that crappy straight-to-video sequel).[Flatus Maximus, 06/02/2002]