Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World in New Orleans is open seven days a week except Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and, of course, Mardi Gras Day (aka Fat Tuesday).

My husband and I toured the ginormous Mardi Gras World warehouse (300,000 square feet) a few years ago. My friends and family were amused because I kinda got this Styrofoam phobia…can’t touch it or hear it or even look at it. Creeps me out. (Same with cotton balls and certain fleeces and flannels.)

And I’m not alone. Check out Ellen DeGeneres’ two not-so-irrational fears. Although she grew up in New Orleans, I suspect she has not visited Mardi Gras World.

So imagine my horror when I entered Mardi Gras World and discovered I was surrounded by larger-than-life faces made from Styrofoam. The crying baby in the image above from Mardi Gras World accurately reflects how I was initially feeling.

Mardi Gras World 3

Seriously. Look how big they are. This was like a haunted house for me. And Mardi Gras World builds and decorates more than 500 floats every year.

Mardi Gras float

Mardi Gras World 2

But I sucked it up, and must admit it was pretty cool to see where all the Mardi Gras parade magic happens. Here are just a few of the Mardi Gras floats.

Mardi Gras jester

Still. I’m surprised no one has thought to do a horror movie based on this warehouse. I mean New Orleans is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S.

Mardi Gras is celebrated up to two weeks before Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). But you can visit Mardi Gras World all year long. The one-hour Mardi Grad World tours in New Orleans begin every half-hour with the first tour starting at 9:30 a.m. and the last one at 4:30 p.m.

Next time you’re looking for things to do in the Big Easy, pack your Mardi Gras beads and add Mardi Gras World to your itinerary where you can watch artists create the festive Mardi Gras floats throughout the year. Even if you’ve got a Styrofoam phobia.

So what’s your (not-so) irrational fear that you’ve faced?

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    1. I was very reluctant to visit New Orleans, but there is so much more to do than just Bourbon Street. Love the food, music, culture and people.

    1. I love NOLA! I’m glad I did also. I wish my husband had recorded my reaction when I learned I was voluntarily touring a warehouse full of Styrofoam.

  1. I had no idea this was a thing! Cool and a little scary. And don’t worry, my irrational fear is revolving doors 🤷🏼‍♀️ I think we all have one or two 😜

    1. Thanks for sharing as I don’t think anyone’s fears are irrational. Mardi Gras World was cool and a little creepy for people like me. But glad I experienced it.

  2. These are huge! I like your comment of almost feeling like being in a horror movie😆😱(that crying baby) 😆 I ve never celebrated Mardi Gras I am impressed by how much effort is put into creating this giant figures.

  3. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras. Cool that you can see the float decorations all year long! I’ve helped build a float before, so I know a little bit about the huge styrofoam stuff. We did a caterpillar, butterfly, and various other insects and flowers. Not quite as creepy as giant baby faces!

    1. I’ve never been to an actual Mardi Gras parade either. I don’t think I’d be much help building the floats. I was in the building industry for years and ran when they brought out the insulation.

  4. I’ve never been to Mardis Gras but I do like haunted houses. I’d go just to get creeped out. Was this is New Orleans? Unique experience for sure?

  5. This brought a smile to my face. Styrofoam or not these things are creepy. And well done to you for facing them. My biggest fear is heights and I try to face it all the time.

  6. This looks pretty spooky, I don’t think I would have I liked spending time in that place. It reminded me of the warehouses for the carnival floats in Rio de Janeiro. They take up almost a whole street. I didn’t visit but saw bizarre colourful faces popping out from behind the gates. Spoo-ky!

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