NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Blaine Kern will lie in state at Gallier Hall for a public viewing on Friday, July 10.
Kern, who was also known as “Mr. Mardi Gras”, passed away on June 25 at the age of 93. The service will be streamed here.
Those wanting to pay their respects will be able attend the public viewing in the Blue Ballroom at Gallier Hall from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Everyone attending the viewing will be required to wear face masks.
A private funeral and memorial service will follow beginning at 11 a.m. in the Iberia Ballroom. Then a public service will start at noon.
As people are walking up to Gallier hall, they are first seeing Kern’s beautiful creations, Rex Floats and a Zulu Floats, just a reminder of his contribution to carnival.
Kern was a visionary who made his dream a reality. Kern was a premier float builder and his talent as an artist was recognized around the world. He had an incredible talent for drawing and was able to transform that gift into a multi million dollar business.
Kern is responsible not only for building beautiful Mardi Gras floats but for helping to design parts of Disney world as well.