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    Mardi Gras World: Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the makings of Mardi Gras with this all-access tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Perfect for the whole family, this guided tour shows you where the magnificent floats for the famous Mardi Gras parades are made. Witness the hard work and artistic skill that goes into every float, and learn about the history of the festive Mardi Gras tradition from your guide. Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose with props, and enjoy a slice of famous King Cake after your tour!
    Hop on the complimentary shuttle from any of its 20 convenient downtown New Orleans locations. When you arrive at Mardi Gras World, located on the beautiful riverfront, you'll be greeted by your friendly, knowledgeable guide for a 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of this famous facility.

    Explore the warehouses where artisans create spectacular Mardi Gras floats that are used in more than 40 parades each year. Admire the intricate designs and vibrant colors of these interesting, one-of-a-kind creations as your guide explains their meanings. Wandering through these magical studio spaces, you'll see firsthand the skillful craftsmanship that goes into every float, giving you unique insight into the hard work, creativity and extensive planning that goes into such a grand celebration.

    Your guide will teach you about the history of this unique and festive tradition that goes beyond its modern-day reputation of wild celebration antics.

    Snap photos in front of the floats, pose with props, and try on Mardi Gras costumes with your friends and family. Top your experience off with a piece of King Cake, a delicious Mardi Gras tradition!
    Mardi Gras World: Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of the Mardi Gras parade with this all-access tour
    • Learn about the history of the festive Mardi Gras tradition from your expert guide
    • Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose with props, and enjoy a slice of famous King Cake
    • Witness the hard work and artistic skill that goes into every magnificent float
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    Edgar Degas House Tour

    Led by the great-grandniece of the famous Impressionist artist himself, this guided tour of the historic Degas House takes you through Edgar Degas’ former New Orleans home and art studio. Experience first-hand the setting that inspired many of his masterpieces, and tour the surrounding Creole neighborhood to see locations referenced in Degas' New Orleans letters. Take a walk along New Orleans’ tree-lined Esplanade Avenue to the Degas House, the only home of Degas anywhere in the world that’s open to the public. This historic house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is included in the French National Order of Arts and Letters. Here, you'll meet the great-grandnieces of the legendary French Impressionist artist himself. One of these professional art historians will be your guide for this walking tour, providing you with personal insight and intimate details about the artist’s life and work. Start by watching the award-winning documentary Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn. Travel back in time to the 1800s to when Degas was one of the leading artists of the French Impressionist movement. As you'll learn, his full talent didn’t truly emerge until he spent a year living at the house with his family, prominent New Orleans cotton brokers, from 1872 to 1873. According to art historians and Degas scholars, all of his 18 paintings made in New Orleans were created in this house. You'll tour both the two main houses – which double now as a museum and bed and breakfast – as well as the courtyard and the artist’s studio. Beautifully restored period furnishings are on display inside the house, re-creating the ambience of Degas' times. As you wander, you'll see first-hand the settings outside of Paris that inspired many of Degas’ most famous paintings, and you'll admire reproductions of his paintings adorned the walls. Be sure to check out the gift shop for one-of-a-kind Degas-inspired souvenirs!
    Edgar Degas House Tour

    2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans

    • Explore the former home and art studio of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas
    • Learn intimate details about this historic home from your guide, Degas’ actual great-grandniece
    • See first-hand where Degas found inspiration for many of his greatest masterpieces
    • Peruse the gift shop for unique Degas-inspired souvenirs
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