In New Orleans, a town famous for its French Quarter and Bourbon Street, for hot Cajun and Creole cuisine and for cool Dixieland jazz, one event surpasses them all as the city's legendary signature piece - Mardi Gras It's a season of revelry and romance, of madness and music, of parades and parties, of comic costuming in the streets and grandiose private masquerade balls. Mardi Gras is a time when the gaudy and the gorgeous all come together for one gigantic blowout.
Since the first modern-day pageant was presented in 1857, with time-outs occasioned by World Wars, the festival conceived as a party the city threw for itself, has grown into one of the world's grandest visitor events. We're lucky enough to have team members experience Mardi Gras first-hand. If you are considering it, talk to on the team to get the inside track.
Not able to travel over actual Mardi Gras? No worries, we have just the solution - Mardi Gras World!
Established in 1947, Kern Studios is a 300,000-square-foot working warehouse where floats and costumes are created for Mardi Gras. Take a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the history and traditions, along with getting a glimpse of current floats in production. This is one of the best things we did in New Orleans, so ask your Bon Voyage consultant to chat through options for your dates of travel.