Arc's Recycling Center offers beads at a great price, provides green jobs for those with disabilities and helps save the planet!

While New Orleans and surrounding areas celebrate the Carnival Season each year, Arc of Greater New Orleans is in Mardi Gras mode year round. Arc’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center receives donations of beads and throws from parade goers that are then sorted, packaged and sold to float riders in 30-pound crawfish sacks. It’s a great way to save money and save the environment at the same time.



The Recycle Center also has Free Trade items for sale. Available are:
  • Beads created out of hand-rolled paper from magazines - made in Uganda 
  • Boas produced out of recycled fabric and a Frisbee-type toy, known as Pocket Disc, created out of hand-knotted cloth - both are made in Guatemala
  • Native Louisiana seed packets
  • Vintage glass beads from Czechoslovakia
 Hand-made paper beads from Uganda 

Hand-knotted Pocket Disc

Frisbee from Guatemala

Boas produced out of recycled fabric from Guatemala 

2016 Mardi Gras Bead Sale Dates:

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, January 16

Saturday, January 23   

Saturday, January 30

Sale hours:

9: 00 a.m. - 1:00p.m.

925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie, LA


Arc's Recycle Center has sorted and packaged krewe beads for sale for several local krewes such as Bacchus, Muses, Thoth and many more.

For more information, please call 504-837-5105 or email

Not only does the recycle center sell beads at a great price, but more importantly, it employs people with disabilities. Our year-round center is one of six social enterprises managed by Arc of Greater New Orleans, a 60+ year-old non-profit that serves people with intellectual disabilities and delays from birth through adulthood in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany parishes.

Did you know...

When it comes to the riders in super krewes, like Endymion and Orpheus, on average, one rider will throw 2500 pounds of Mardi Gras beads?