Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
In Algiers Point, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, stands a unique studio museum showcasing the famous New Orleans' Mardi Gras. The museum is actually the working studio of foremost carnival float designer, Blaine Kern, for whom producing floats and props for the city's annual Mardi Gras is a full-time job. Visitors can watch Kern and his team design and construct the giant sculptures of everything from cartoon characters to mythological figures and animals that will eventually parade through the streets.
Address: 233 Newton Street, Algiers Point
Telephone: (800) 362 8213
Transport: Catch the free ferry at the foot of Canal Street to historic Algiers Point. A free Blaine Kern shuttle meets every ferry from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
Opening times: Opens daily 9:30am-4:30pm.
Admission: Tours: $19.95 (adults), $12.95 (children). Concessions available.