Mardi Gras is officially over. The curtain has closed on the courts of Rex and Comus, we’ve hung up our wigs and feather boas, and you’re probably still trying to clean up the last of the glitter that made it into your house (good luck, it’s there forever now). In packing away the Mardi Gras decor and cleaning up after a few weeks of madness, you’re probably looking at a LOT of beads and thinking “now what do I do with all this stuff that seemed so very important in the moment?”
Rather than throwing away the beads, or storing them in your attic and compromising the structural integrity of your house, there’s a better solution. There are several organizations that accept Mardi Gras Beads to be sorted by individuals with intellectual disabilities and then re-sold to krewe members for next year’s parades. They’ve got drop off spots all around the area where your beads can be recycled. Here’s a list!
Mardi Gras Bead Recycling Locations on the Northshore
STARC of Louisiana, Inc.
2 locations with 24 hour drop off.
1705 Viola St in Mandeville
40201 Hwy 190 E. in Slidell
STARC members sort the beads and re-sell to krewe members for the coming year.
ARC of Greater New Orleans
Drop off location in Covington
106 E 25th Ave, Covington
Whole Foods in Mandeville
Fountainbleu High School Special Education Classes
Drop off at school office
St. Michael’s Special School
Drop off beads at Fleurty Girl in Mandeville
Did we miss anyone? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update the list!