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Blaine Kern, Mr. Mardi Gras



Blaine Kern, Mr. Mardi Gras

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     challenging words:    wealthy, design, traveled, builder, mural, living, feature, capital, business, magical, parade, which, life, dream, create, dreams
     content words:    Blaine Kern, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Henry LaRocca, Blaine Kern Artists, Kern Studios, Kern Sculpture Company, Kern International, Mardi Gras World, Now Kern


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Blaine Kern, Mr. Mardi Gras
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Blaine Kern designs and builds floats for a living. He's known in and around New Orleans as Mr. Mardi Gras. "Mardi Gras is my life," he says. "It's made me, a float builder, wealthy, but not just in terms of money . . . I've always been a dreamer, and it's allowed me to realize some crazy dreams." He got his Mardi Gras start when he was 19 years old. He painted a mural for a hospital, and Dr. Henry LaRocca, who was also the captain of a Mardi Gras parade, admired Kern's work. He invited Kern to create floats for his parade. Later, Kern traveled to Italy to learn more about float design. He went on to make a business out of building floats. He called it Blaine Kern Artists, Inc. Now he owns .....
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