“I am thrilled to kick off the Carnival season. Mardi Gras 2010 was the most successful we have had since Katrina, and this year’s is geared up to be one of the greatest yet,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Revelers around the world are invited to visit New Orleans and enjoy all the unique experiences we have to offer.”
The celebration included performances by Rockin Dopsie and featured famous New Orleans cuisine.
“I have worked on parades, exhibits and theme parks all over the world, but there is nothing quite like the magic of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I love being a part of it every year,” said Barry Kern, President of Mardi Gras World, LLC.
Kern joined New Orleans entrepreneur Joe Jaeger in the formation of Mardi Gras World, LLC, and the partnership is the parent entity of the Mardi Gras World East riverfront complex.
The grand event falls just before the two year anniversary of the opening of Mardi Gras World East at the old Delta Queen Steamship Terminal and River City Casino sites. The new studio features not only a larger warehouse for float production and guided tours, but it is also a multipurpose entertainment venue with ballrooms, stages, riverfront plazas, and featuring the Grand Oaks Mansion. Since its completion in 2009, the structure, spanning 400,000 square feet, has become New Orleans’ premier entertainment complex hosting events such as the Microsoft Tech Ed, Daily Beast Innovators Summit and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's “Celebration of Neighborhoods” Inauguration event.