Houmas House Plantation
Available: April 9 & 11 – Morning
Tour Duration: 4.5 Hours
Mardi Gras has been called “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.” Although the parades are for the people of New Orleans, private organizations spend millions of dollars each year preparing for this event. Hundreds of artists work year round to complete the spectacular floats that are used in the Mardi Gras parades.
This afternoon, guests will enjoy a short ride to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras Design Studio where you will witness the elaborate work that goes into the making of carnival floats. Once inside, you will begin to understand the complexity and creativity behind the unusual art of float making. Your guests will have the opportunity to explore the prop shop where the artists create these spectacular floats. Then it’s down to business, as the artists themselves assist in the Float Building Contest. Each team will don white plastic aprons and commence the decorating of their 3’x2’ papier-mâché float on wheels. Judges can be on hand to deem the winners, and each guest will truly have experienced the essence of Mardi Gras in their collective and most creative efforts!