Beginner's Guide to New Orleans
The Crescent City's best bars, restaurants, and offbeat attractions for first-time visitors. Don't forget to "laissez les bons temps rouler!"

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The Surreal Life

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On the banks of the Mississippi River lies Mardi Gras World, a working warehouse for the building and storage of Mardi Gras floats. Visitors can take an hour-long tour of the facility, which shows the floats in various stages of creation. Pieces of floats are often reused from year to year and this can also lead to unusual groupings of props placed around the dens. (See photograph of an alien sneaking up on an unsuspecting couple!) Highly recommended for families and photographers!

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