Kern Studios is best known for creating floats for the Mardi Gras parades. Their factory offers tours and can even be rented out for functions. They discuss how Mardi Gras is celebrated in NOLA as well as the design and building process. Because this is a working factory, you get to see their artists and staff creating and assembling floats (see below). The best part of the tour (aka Mardi Gras World) is that you get to roam around the warehouse afterward taking photos. This was among our favorite things that we did in New Orleans.