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Beat the Heat: Indoor Summer Fun in New Orleans

 

Arched windows of the Pharmacy Museum, wrought iron sigh hanger

 

If you’ve ever visited New Orleans in the summertime, you know what it means to be hot and humid. It makes being outside almost unbearable at times, and the thirst for indoor activities is stronger than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy rather than walking around the French Quarter, hitting the Magazine St shops or visiting the Audubon Zoo.

Mardi Gras World is a popular attraction, with its mammoth halls filled with enormous, beautiful floats and Mardi Gras costumes and paraphernalia. Knowledgeable and experienced tour guides take you around behind the scenes of all the Mardi Gras action complete with history and interesting tidbits about the process behind the annual season. And in the end, enjoy a free slice of King Cake. Tickets are between $12.95 and $19.95, and there is a free shuttle with pickups at 20 convenient locations.

One of the newest museums in the city, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond takes a closer look at Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, filled with exclusive photos, eyewitness accounts and state-of-the-art multimedia displays. There are a plethora of different iconic objects and pieces of wreckage on display which will offer a unique and unforgettable look at Katrina’s impact and the resilience of New Orleans and its communities. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, and children are free.

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Mardi Gras World: Explore the Magical Behind the Scenes of Carnival

Head of a jester from a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans

Courtesy of Denny Giaruso

 

 

Want to explore the behind-the-scenes magic of New Orleans’ most unique cultural and spiritual event of the year, the infamous Mardi Gras? Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has opened the doors of Mardi Gras World to locals and tourists alike to give them a peek inside all the craftsmanship, technology, and soul that goes into creating the ultimate Carnival experience.

Imagine walking within arm’s length of 20-foot papier-mâché sculptures of mythical beings like Zeus or Thor, or a giant jester with a hat and bells that feature nearly every vibrant color you can imagine? These magnificent works of art have donned the fronts and backs of parade floats for as long as any of us have been standing along St. Charles Ave or Canal St with our families and friends, waiting for them to pass.

Growing up in this city, since we were kids we had favorite parades, and even favorite floats and characters. Costumed riders returned our, “Throw me somethin’, Mister!” with handfuls of beads, doubloons, trinkets, stuffed animals, spears, frisbees, and more. But what’s lasted most in our memories aren’t the trinkets and plastic beads—it’s the picturesque, awe-inspiring, and sometimes even hilarious float designs that’s captured our hearts.

Mardi Gras World offers guided tours through these rows and rows of towering, fantastical float designs, sculptures, and costumes. You’ll even get to see the impressive technology that animates the very mega floats we ogle on the parade routes. Plus, bits of Carnival lore and the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans are weaved into the tour for a little lagniappe.

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