Saying a final goodbye to Mr. Mardi Gras

Public Service held for Blaine Kern at Gallier Hall

Thomas Perumean
July 10, 2020 - 4:44 pm

New Orleans gave her final farewell at Gallier Hall today to the immensely talented Blaine Salvadore Kern.  He passed away on June 25 at the age of 93 and today, friends, family and the city who loved him gave Kern a send-off fitting of a man known as “Mr. Mardi Gras."

I wanted to plan the most fitting "send-off" for my soulmate, one I know he deserves as a New Orleans Icon, one I know he'd love, and one I know he would be so proud of me for executing,” said Kern’s wife Holly Kern in a Facebook post.  “I personally met with Mayor Latoya Cantrell and asked her if Blaine could lay "in-state" at Gallier Hall. Without hesitation, she said "YES" and then the planning began.  Within Covid regulations he will have the most amazing celebration, filled with love, music, laughter and tears.”

Gallier Hall has always been the epicenter of Carnival where Carnival royals such as King Rex and King Zulu toast city leaders and the people of New Orleans.

A private, invitation only, funeral service was held after the public visitation at Gallier Hall.

Kern's obituary says he was a World War II veteran, where he served in the Army before founding Kern Studios in 1947 and Mardi Gras World in 1984. Through his 70 year career he created what has become the standard in carnival float design. He was married to his wife Holly Brown kern for the past 18 years.

You can read his official obituary here.

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