New Orleans Mardi Gras Tour: Interactive Parade Experience & Mardi Gras World Tour with complimentary cocktail

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4 hrs

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Enjoy a hands-on experience with America’s most famous street party on this half-day Mardi Gras tour. Try on costumes at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, learn the histories of the “krewes” that run parades and balls, march in your own Second Line Parade, drink a classic cocktail, and go behind the scenes at Mardi Gras World to see how they make the elaborate parade floats. This is the ideal tour for culture-lovers looking to take a deep dive into the social life of New Orleans.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take a fully-guided tour of the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture and try on actual parade costumes
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail at the oldest family-run restaurant in America and learn about the illustrious Mardi Gras “krewes” that meet there
  • Created with Sketch.Take part in your very own Second Line Parade led by your local expert guide
  • Created with Sketch.Take the French Quarter Tour, and learn the history and traditions that make Mardi Gras one of the most famous celebrations on earth
  • Created with Sketch.Go behind the scenes at Mardi Gras World to see how the amazing parade floats are made
  • Created with Sketch.Eat a slice of authentic king cake

Take the mask off Mardi Gras

This small group tour of no more than 20 people and expert local guide (a veteran of many Mardi Gras) will first visit the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture. Here you’ll learn about the “krewes” or associations that run the parades and balls associated with Mardi Gras and even try on some of their elaborate costumes.

Your next stop is the oldest family-run restaurant in America, where each room is a living museum to the krewe that regularly meets there. You’ll get a classic New Orleans cocktail from the bar and then head up to the balcony for views over the French Quarter and a thorough debunking of a few Mardi Gras myths.

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This small group tour of no more than 20 people and expert local guide (a veteran of many Mardi Gras) will first visit the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture. Here you’ll learn about the “krewes” or associations that run the parades and balls associated with Mardi Gras and even try on some of their elaborate costumes.

Your next stop is the oldest family-run restaurant in America, where each room is a living museum to the krewe that regularly meets there. You’ll get a classic New Orleans cocktail from the bar and then head up to the balcony for views over the French Quarter and a thorough debunking of a few Mardi Gras myths.

Back at street level, your guide will teach you how to form your very own Second Line parade, aka 'the quintessential New Orleans art form' and you’ll learn where to go if you want to experience Mardi Gras like a local.

After making your way through the French Quarter, you’ll hop on a shuttle to Mardi Gras World where you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the lavish floats are made for the parades, and finish your tour with a slice of authentic king cake.

  • Sites Visited
  • French Quarter
  • Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture
  • Oldest family-run restaurant in America
  • Bourbon Street
  • Canal Street
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Tour Includes
  • Tickets to the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture
  • Tickets to Mardi Gras World
  • One cocktail
  • Shuttle to and from Mardi Gras World
  • Slice of king cake
  • Local expert guide
Your guide is a veteran of many a Mardis Gras
The Mardis Gras Museum of Costume and Culture
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What a great tour experience with a very knowledgable, fun guide! Would definitely recommend to those wanting to learn all of the history of New Orleans Mardi Gras experience. Makes me want to experience Mardi Gras for real next time!

This tour gives you the total essence of Mardi Gras and I walked away with such a great understanding of how this event plays into the New Orleans culture as a whole. I will definitely be recommending this to people!