The Mardi Gras museum was founded by Blaine Kern in 1947, who designed and constructed fantastical parade floats for New Orleans’ internationally renowned Mardi Gras parades. Visitors to Mardi Gras World enjoy a tour of classic floats, which include laughing jesters, trains, gigantic theatrical masks, and homages to the gumbo of influences from around the world that came together in the French Quarter. The tour is a great introduction to Mardi Gras traditions. Visitors can even enjoy coffee with authentic New Orleans king cake, a staple tradition of the centuries-old celebration. For something a little different, visit Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World draws inspiration from the rich, diverse tapestry of spirituality and different cultures that forms New Orleans.