Mardi Gras World: A Year-Round New Orleans Experience

Mardi Gras is still 164 days away (as of the date of this post).  But what can you do if you just can’t wait to see the purple/green/gold colors, the floats, and the magic of our most popular event?  Fear not, because we have your reprieve!  Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to plan your NOLA getaway and enjoy Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World:  a year-round celebration of all that was, is, and will be Mardi Gras!

Since its inception in 1947, Mardi Gras has brought spring excitement to the city with amazing animated floats, bright colors, foot-tapping music, and more.  Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to attend Mardi Gras itself to marvel at all its wonder… instead, this nondescript 120,000-foot warehouse brings you all the flare, floats, and even music of the event in an environment that is safe for families and children (i.e., without all the people and craziness).  See the lights, see the floats and items from parades of the past, and even discover how the animation occurs!  Visitors will see the world-renowned craftsmen of Carnival at work on every aspect of creating the awesome floats – from design and construction to painting the final, detailed works of art. Mardi Gras World’s knowledgeable guides give detailed tours that cover the art of making float sculptures and the technology that goes into animating the super krewe floats, as well as the colorful traditions of this annual event.

Want a bite to eat during your visit?  The on-site overlooks the Mississippi River and serves many New Orleans staples including po-boys, oysters, gumbo, andouille, and jambalaya.  There is even a gift shop where you can pick up your Carnival-related trinkets and souvenirs.  And yes, we truly think that once you visit Mardi Gras World, you CAN say you’ve been “to the real thing!”  After all, you’ll see the floats, you’ll have the trinkets, and you’ll experience and discover much more than the typical parade-goer!

Mardi Gras World Fun Facts (from

  • Between 475-525 floats are built here annually.
  • Those cute cows on the Chick-fil-A billboards you see everywhere you go?  Those were built here.
  • Floats and features built here appear in parades and attractions all over the world, including Shanghai.  Some are even the longest in the world.

Mardi Gras World is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, between the Convention Center and Port of New Orleans proper.  You can easily take the Streetcar that passes directly outside our Garden District inn to Lee Circle, where it is less than a mile walk to the warehouse itself.  Don’t want to walk?  Then take the Streetcar all the way to the French Quarter and hop on the Canal-Riverfront Line which will take you directly to the attraction!

Joe and Bebe invite you to plan your New Orleans bed and breakfast stay, and make Mardi Gras World part of your itinerary to our unforgettable city.

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