Public viewing for "Mr. Mardi Gras" Blaine Kern

Kern lying in state at Gallier Hall

Kenny Kuhn
July 10, 2020 - 10:03 am

The public will have the chance to pay their final respect to 'Mr. Mardi Gras' Blaine Kern.

Kern's funeral started about 8:00 a.m. Friday. His iconic 'cow float' presided over his final arrival to Gallier Hall, where countless Carnival royalties and city leaders joined revelers in the grand stands for Mardi Gras parades. Kern founded float building company Kern Studios in 1947.

According to Kern Studios website:

Roy’s son Blaine Kern was also an artist. To compensate for his mother’s medical bills, Blaine painted a mural in a hospital. The mural caught the eye of a surgeon who was the captain of the Mardi Gras Krewe of Alla. He invited Blaine and Roy to design and build the floats for his Krewe. In 1932, the first mule-drawn float was built on the back of a garbage wagon.

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