Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World © Paul Mannix
If you're not able to visit New Orleans during its famous annual celebrations, don't worry. Mardi Gras World offers the festival experience all year long. The museum is actually the working studio of the foremost carnival float designer, Blaine Kern, for whom producing floats and props for the city's annual Mardi Gras is a fulltime job.
Visitors can watch Kern and his team design and construct the giant sculptures including everything from cartoon characters to mythological figures and creatures that they'll eventually parade through the streets. Tours are offered every half an hour, including a Mardi Gras costume display, a historical video and even a free slice of traditional Mardi Gras King Cake.
Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Telephone: (504) 361 7821
Transport: A free shuttle is provided with ticket purchase, and has pick-ups at 20 convenient downtown locations.
Opening times: Daily 9am-5.30pm.
Admission: $ 22 (adults and children over 11); $14 (children under 11). Concessions available.