A Visit to Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras Parade Float

Walking into Mardi Gras World you might hear children laughing and clapping especially when they find out they will be getting King Cake as part of their tour.  It is a magical place filled to the rafters with larger than life characters.  You’ll see King Kong standing right beside Winston Churchill or Cleopatra.

For over 70 years, the craftsmen and artists have been building signature parade floats for the local Mardi Gras Krewes.  A Krewe is like a club. Each Krewe has a King and a Queen who reign over their Krewe for a year.  Some Krewes have gorgeous and elaborate balls with big name entertainment.  The Krewe members pay fees and these fees fund the costumes and floats that you see during Carnival season. Mardi Gras is an actual day and the whole season is referred to as Carnival.  Most of the time locals just say “ Happy Mardi Gras”.

Float Head

When you take the Mardi Gras World tour you’ll learn about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and then you get a chance to walk through the float den, where the artists make the actual floats.

It all started with Roy Kern, a local artist-turned-sign-painter who worked his way through the Depression.  Roy painted names and signs on the bows of freighters and barges.

Unable to pay his mother’s medical bills. Roy’s son, Blaine offered to paint a mural in the hospital for payment,

Mardi Gras Float

The mural caught the eye of a surgeon.  The surgeon was the captain of a Mardi Gras Krewe. Blaine was invited to design and build floats for his Krewe, and Kern Studios was officially founded.

Through the years, Kern Studio received  numerous requests to get a behind the scene look at upcoming floats for Mardi Gras.  Mardi Gras World opened in 1984 to provide a fun first glance of the upcoming parade floats.   Each year about 150,000 people come to experience Mardi Gras World from school buses filled with children all the way to Seniors.

Mardi Gras Float

It is a good idea to call ahead for your tour and you can get more details at mardigrasworld.com or call  1-800-555-5555.


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Welcome to 16009 Riverside Road – Covington

looking East into the 6 acre tract

This 11.77 acre tract with 595 feet of waterfront on the Bogue Falaya River is half clear and half wooded. It’s just off Million Dollar Road North of Covington on Highway 25 and just before you get to Folsom amidst upscale homes, country estates, and horse farms. Almost all the tract is elevated on high banks well above the river and it has road access on two sides from Shadow Lane and Cody Lane. It is well-landscaped with several choice home building sites.

*Lot Size 11.77 Acres * Waterfront * On the Bougue Falaya River * Elevated on high banks

At the river looking upstream

Middle of property looking South down Shadow Lane

Bogue Falaya River in Covington winding downstream

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Just Listed – Grand French Quarter Compound!

1017 St Philip

A rare offering of a grand French Quarter compound. Historical Grand Greek Revival Mansion main residence boasts period details, beautiful tall ceilings, great mantles, marble floors down and wood floors up with brick floors in rear den. Also in the compound is a fully restored early creole masonry double approximately 200 years old, with multiple rental units and/or additional space for artist studios, movie productions, or make it yours.

Private Courtyard

The large and very private courtyard grounds have a heated in-ground pool with multiple rooms in the homes opening out into the garden and parking area.

Also offered with sale is vacant lot currently used as a parking area (can hold 4 cars easily), a Creole Cottage Double next door, a camel-back apartment and a rear studio apartment (total of 4 rental properties).  Pull in to a over-sized private parking lot, close the electric gate, and you are home.

1023 St Philip

1017 St. Philip, 1023-25 St. Philip & Parking Lot (1015 St. Philip) FOR SALE -$2,800,000-

1017: 3 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, 4089 SqFt, Inground Pool

1023: 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, 1183 SqFt

1025: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 801 SqFt

Camelback: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 299 SqFt

Rear Studio: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 637 SqFt

Offered at: $2,800,000

Main House Entry

Living Area



Kitchen to Dining Area

In-ground pool

Master Bedroom

Balcony view to Main House

Twilight Courtyard View


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34579 Treasure Cove Lane, Slidell

34579 Treasure Cove Lane

Magnificent Waterfront Estate on 3.6 Park-like Acres! Surrounded by 150 year-old oaks, this one-of-a-kind property is an entertainer’s dream! Gorgeous cedar sunroom, wine cellar, and enormous pool house with slate fireplace and indoor spa!

3 bedroom apt. with double-decker balcony overlooks the freshly painted tennis/basketball court and muscadine trellis! Beautiful old cypress boathouse, with loft bedroom and outdoor kitchen, balcony overlooking Bayou Liberty, just minutes to the lake! Truly a must-see!

Offered at: $775,000.00

Listed by Jennifer Rice & Rob Boltin

Pool & Deck

Entertainment Area

Pool House with Spa

Living Space

Living Area to Kitchen



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Every Room With a View!

28 Eagle Trace

Welcome to 28 Eagle Trace – Custom built home in the gated community of The Sanctuary just minutes to the Causeway Bridge. A stately foyer welcomes you into this vast home which includes 2 story library, laundry elevator, plenty of storage space including built ins, two staircases, breakfast room banquet, bonus room on 2nd floor, hobby room, and screened in brick porch overlooking beautiful in ground pool with mosquito control system. Every room with a view from the oversized windows. Subdivision includes guarded security gate, exercise, pool, and tennis courts.

Breakfast Room

2 Story Library

* 5 Bedrooms * 4 Full Baths * 2 Half Baths * 1 Acre Lot * Approx Living Area 7,897 SqFt * 2 Stories * Garage * In-ground Pool * Laundry Elevator

Offered at $990,000.00

Listed by Jennifer Rice & Team

Living Area


Pool & Patio

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Welcome to 829 Ursulines Ave #7!

829 Ursulines #7

Ursulines Avenue, #7, is a classic, free standing 2 story rear brick house (dependency) nestled behind a quaint 100 year old Creole Cottage, in which one may enjoy total privacy yet visit renowned eateries, galleries and significant landmarks indigenous to the French Quarter. This desirable part of New Orleans is centrally located within blocks of the Fabourg Marigny, Bywater, Canal Street and CBD/Warehouse and convenient to seasonal celebrations such as Mardi Gras, JazzFest and Saints games.

Living Space

A private entry leads to a brick courtyard shared by the cottage and rear house. The lower level has an open floor plan with Carrera marble floors throughout and French doors opening to a pool shared shared only with other condo owners, a guest bedroom, full bath and a newly renovated kitchen with Carrera Quartz counter tops and GE cafe appliances. The master bedroom with en suite bath featuring Grohe Swarovski fixtures and a generous walk-in closet opens onto a private balcony and large terrace perfect for sunbathing overlooking the pool.


“This property is priced to sell and suggests French Quarter living at its very best.”

Offered at: $649,000

* 2 Bedrooms * 2 Baths * 1,452 Approx Living Space * Marble Floors * Common Elements 32% * Monthly Condo Fee: $720

Listed by Rosy Wilson & Dorian M. Bennett


Entry Way

Master Bedroom


Pool and Patio

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Welcome to Galway Bay

Kilmarnock Galway

Endless possibilities await the discerning buyer! Options to build your dream home on this 70-acre estate on a private island just minutes to Kilmarnock by land and the Chesapeake Bay by water. Or, you could choose to develop the 15+acre, 7 lot Galway Bay sub-division which has a 28-bed septic already installed. 5 of the lots are cleared and filled with driveways in. All you need is a building permit! The remaining 55 acres could become your family compound.

Galway Bay

There is nearly a mile of shoreline and sandy beach along Barnes Creek and Fleets Bay and 30 acres of marsh for kayaking, duck hunting, bird watching and nature. Included is a 2000′ airstrip that is temporarily closed. Wetlands delineation has been completed. Truly a great opportunity for the right buyer and close to amenities including golf, boating, fishing, shopping, dining, wineries & hospital. Relaxation, recreation and rejuvenation are highlights of the water lover’s paradise. Breathtaking sunrises, southeastern exposure and Virginia breezes all convey!

Listed by our friend Laura Peery @ The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty – 804.282.3136

Kilmarnock South


Galway Bay

Galway Bay

Galway Bay



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Welcome to 59152 W. Harbor Lane – Lacombe

59152 W Harbor Lane

One-of-a-kind entertainer’s delight on deep water in a quiet cul-de-sac in popular Lacombe Harbor! Beautiful Australian Pine floors, gourmet chef’s kitchen with double oven, custom brick pizza oven, Viking stove, and more! Enjoy panoramic views of Bayou Lacombe from one of two spacious decks or frolic on your private man-made beach! Game room, huge screened patio, three-level lift, drive-through garage, adorable green house, dock with boat lift, and hot tub make this one a true waterfront paradise!

* 4 Bedrooms * 4 Full Baths * 1 Half Bath * Approx 4,290 SqFt Living Space * Lot Size 247.23×200 * Game Room * Screened Patio * Green House * Dock with Boat Lift

Offered at: $639,000.

Listed by Rob Boltin & Jennifer Rice – 504.944.3605

Back Facade

View to Bayou

Front Entry

Living Space


One of two decks

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Built about 1787, Ormond is one of…

Ormond Plantation on the river at Destrehan Louisiana

Built about 1787, Ormond is one of the earliest, and now, one of the oldest sugar plantations left along the Mississippi River. The two story brick-between-post six-bay main part of the house was built with plastered brick columns on the ground floor and wooden columns on the second floor gallery and with a traditional hipped roof. The taller two wings, generally referred to as garconnieres, were built, it is thought, somewhere about 1830.

The Reception Room

The home sits amidst live oaks with a two or three acre lawn in a bend of the river, near the business center of Destrehan a charming residential community about 25 miles north of the city and 9 or so miles from the New Orleans Airport.
Built by the d’Trepagnier family, through the 19th and early 20th centuries the home was associated with many other prominent families of early Louisiana such as, the Butler family, a marriage into the Destrehan family, and later owned by the LaPlace family, who in 1900 sold it to five Schexnaydre brothers, all of whom lived there with their families.

Largest dining room runs from the front to the garden

After several years of neglect, through the depression and WW II, it was not until 1943 when a local family, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brown of Brown’s Velvet Dairy in New Orleans, purchased the property, added modern amenities and conveniences, and restored it to be much as it is today. They are credited for connecting the garconniere’s to the main house. A subsequent owner did additional work and made changes, sold it again, until it was acquired by the current family in 1996.

There are 16 acres, several outbuildings, including a horse stable and utility buildings.

The home is open to visitors on tour, with a restaurant, a full liquor licensed bar, six bed-and-breakfast rooms, and extensive wedding venue facilities.

Offered turn-key at $2,900,000

Listed by Ernesto Caldeira & David Abner Smith – 504.944.3605

The smaller German room

An original early Federal mantel in a front bedroom

Each bedroom has its own bath

All of the first floor rooms open to the gardens

The Pavillion connects to the restaurant, bar, and to the patio

The rear 8 acres are used to stable horses and could be developed


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Classic Howard masterpiece at 1914 Esplanade Avenue

OFFERED AT: $1,695,000

Front Facade

Henry Howard (1818-1884), one of the 19th centuries great architects, not only left an indelible mark on Louisiana with so many iconic structures, but has left us here in New Orleans with his last known commission, the classic Howard masterpiece at 1914 Esplanade Avenue.

It was designed for the commission merchant, Auguste Tete and is an elaborate development of an earlier 1877 design. It is a frame house and a reiteration of the forms Howard had used for years and which we today honor and which are documented in the Robert Brantley compilation of his work, Henry Howard, Louisiana’s Architect, which was co-authored with a Howard descendant, Victor McGee.

The original front entrance door and security doors

There are many Howard plantation houses and Garden District houses which have survived but 1914 has been lovingly cared for, one can only imagine, by its many owners. Some changes have been made, a wall, a door, a room size, but it is much as it was when it was designed by the master himself. It has14’ ceilings.

The exterior facade is grand with its two story gallery and with the familiar rhythm of its so-typical segmented arches and an extraordinary principal entrance. The exterior is literally unchanged.

Soaring Staircase

The interior is a full buffet of Howard details beginning with the soaring staircase with delightful low risers; and a huge ballroom to the left with sliding doors that could connect and open the adjacent dining room and library to make one spectacular area. It has lush millwork and all of the original mantels, many of them white Italianate gems. Even the old wine room and dependency cause us to pause, especially the original kitchen fireplace chimney and brickwork.

The second floor was spacious, because Mr. Tete had three daughters, and is as practical for today’s living needs as it was when it was built. Howard is at his best with the masterbedroom suite that opens onto the front gallery.

Master Front Bedroom

There are areas that need some restoration, or perhaps updating, but structurally the home is solid and only awaits a new caretaker and a new chapter of living at its best.

Listed by Ernesto Caldeira 504.523.1553 and David Abner Smith 504.495.2387 – Office 504.944.3605

Breakfast Room

Italianate mantels in the double parlors


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