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Kern Studios Prepares for Mardi Gras (2024)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-01-12

Duration: 00:05:52

Subjects: Parade floats | Carnival floats | MARDI GRAS | KERN, BLAINE


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Zabler, Bobby Interviewee
  • Kern, Patrick Interviewee


This segment from the January 12, 2024, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s visit to Kern Studios in New Orleans as they create new parade floats for Mardi Gras. LeBlanc reports that Kern Studios has been creating Carnival floats since 1947. She interviews Bobby Zabler, sculpture painter, and Patrick Kern, fourth generation float builder and director of operations.