by Amanda Greene
One of the most exciting parts of Mardi Gras is the extravagant floats that flood the streets of The Big Easy from January 6 until Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent. Organized and paid for since 1872 by "krewes"-nonprofit organizations made up of locals who plan parades and balls throughout the Carnival season-most floats are the artistic mastery of one shop: Blaine Kern Studios. In business since 1947, the float-building company's complex includes Mardi Gras World, which houses many of the floats when they aren't in use. In honor of Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern Studios gave us a peek at some of their favorite (and most impressive) creations. Want to see more? Head down to New Orleans any time of the year for a tour of their enormous facility.
Founded in 1968 by local business leaders who wanted to revitalize Mardi Gras, the Bacchus krewe, which now boasts over 1,350 members and 33 floats, is known for organizing one of the most spectacularRead More »from 7 Marvelous Mardi Gras Floats and Decorations