Mardi Gras Beads-n-More is one of LARC's Enterprises, which creates jobs and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is located in the old "Mississippi Valley Musem" in LARC's Acadian Village. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm. It is here you will find LARC individuals sorting through beads. They are first measured by size then bundled into a dozen of the same size/length. They are then bagged according to specific size.
Our sizes range from 33" length to 72" length. Depending on donations, we carry a stock of stuffed animals, specialty beads, trinkets and the ever-popular grab bags.
Goodwill Industries of Acadiana collects beads at all of their Acadiana locations. Once storage containers are full, they are delivered to LARC. Many of the beads are also donated by generous individuals in our community including schools who participate each year in Operation Bead Collection. Thanks, we couldn't do it without you!
Area Mardi Gras Krewes, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to purchase their beads for Mardi Gras and other occasions at Mardi Gras Beads -N- More. All proceeds benefit LARC's Vocational Services Department.
If you wish to pre-order your beads, please contact us for more information. We can sort by size, color and amount.
PLEASE NOTE: Special orders (all same color) will be charged an additional $1 per bag. Special orders should be made as soon as possible.
CALL AHEAD BEAD SALES: If you would like to order your beads ahead of time, and they are in stock, you must pre-pay either over phone or in person. We can hold your order for 30 days from Mardi Gras until December. Beginning January 1, all CALL AHEAD BEAD SALES can only be held for one week. After the hold period, LARC has the right to credit your account and return the stock.
Our beads are packaged in disposable plastic bags and are labeled with size and amount of individual beads. However, the majority of our bags are made up of sets of 12 beads that are tagged. For example: This 33" size bag means that there are 24 sets of 12 tagged beads, which equals 288 individual beads. They are tagged to prevent tangling and easy access.
Beads can be donated at LARC, 303 New Hope Road, or at any Goodwill Industries of Acadiana location. For Goodwill locations, please visit www.lagoodwill.com/
For more information on Mardi Gras Beads-N-More, please call 337-981-8484.
This project is a community partnership between LARC and Goodwill Industries of Acadiana.