Mardi Gras Bead Drive
We Collect Beads
The Arc of Acadiana hosts an annual bead drive to collect used Mardi Gras beads to re-stock our inventory of beads, which are then sold at our 6 resale stores and 3 Day program locations in Lafayette, Iberia, and St. Landry parishes for tossing off floats.
Collected beads are detangled, sorted, repackaged and sold at very affordable prices, providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the process. We are looking to bring this event to all of the markets we serve.
Buy Beads From Us
If you will be throwing beads from a float, please consider visiting one of our Resale Stores for the Mardi Gras holiday to purchase your beads. Buy all the beads you need at a great price, while making a positive impact on someone’s life!