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Got beads? Throw 'Em to Charity!

posted Feb 22, 2017, 10:26 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 10:42 AM ]
It's Carnival Time in the Big Easy! Everyone is having fun at the parades, watching the bands & the dance teams pass by, dancing to the music, and yelling "throw me something mister!" But what happens to all the beads and trinkets that we catch. Arc of Greater New Orleans has the solution. Got Beads? Throw 'Em to Charity!
We have numerous location throughout the city where you can drop off your unwanted Mardi Gras throws. We accept beads, trinkets, and stuffed animals. Just look for the purple and gold trash bins (or other labeled bins with the Arc logo). Below is a list of our current drop off location.


  • Audubon Zoo & Aquarium
  • LSU Dental School 
  • House of Blues 
  • New Orleans Public Library branches
  • Whole Foods on Broad
  • Whole Foods on Veterans
  • Search Influence
    935 Gravier, Ste. 1300
  • Gulf Coast Bank branches


  • Whole Foods on Magazine
  • Rouses on Airline
  • The Green Project: 
    2831 Marais St,
    New Orleans, LA 70117


  • 925 S. Labarre Rd., Metairie
  • 333 Sala Ave., Westwego
  • 1771 Nasville, New Orleans
  • 3406 Hessmer Ave., Metairie
  • 3700 Jean Laffitte Pkwy., Chalmette
  • 106 E. 25th Ave., Covington