Mardi Gras World

Come see where mardi gras is made

For nearly 80 years, Kern Studios has been the premier float builder for the Mardi Gras carnival season, a New Orleans tradition that dates back to the 1700s. Building Mardi Gras parades is a year-round effort at Kern Studios. You can get a peek into the process at Mardi Gras World, our working warehouses that are open to the public.

The tour

The tour of our working warehouses offers a window into the making of the spectacular parades. This unique, family-friendly attraction ranks among the best quintessential New Orleans activities. With over 200,000 visitors from all over the world each year, Mardi Gras World is an experience you don’t want to miss.

On the tour, you’ll be paired up with a knowledgeable guide who takes the mask off of Mardi Gras. This all-access opportunity winds you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history and symbolism of this unique and festive tradition. Visit the Mardi Gras World website for more information.