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 7 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.

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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!


Additional Donation Centers

In addition to our Resale Store locations, Arc of Acadiana has partnered with businesses across the region to collect your bead donations. Donation bins will be available at the following locations for your convenience:


  • Nunus (All)
  • Super 1 (Lafayette, Youngsville, & Scott)
  • Rouses (All)
  • Whole Foods
  • Fresh Pickins
  • Initials
  • Roots Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pink Paisley
  • Painted Bayou

St. landry

  • Harps (Sunset)
  • Russell’s (Arnaudville)
  • Super 1 (Opelousas)
  • Champagnes Supermarket (Carencro)
  • Hollie Hobby Daycare (Carencro)
  • Rod’s (Church Point)

New iberia

  • Bi-Lo
  • Rouses


  • Rost Middle School
  • Larry’s Superfoods


  • Library
  • Champagnes Supermarket
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