Mardi Gras is getting into full swing tonight with the first parade to be held in New Iberia, and a whole bunch of beads may be left over if your kids don't want them.

With Mardi Gras parades set to roll in Lafayette and some surrounding areas, make sure after the floats have passed you by, you don't think about throwing away your beads.

The Arc of Acadiana is teaming up with the Lafayette Auto Dealership Association for a bead drive to benefit Arc.  Starting this coming Monday through March 31st you can drop off your beads at a variety of automotive locations, and they will be detangled, recycled and resold providing employment opportunities to the disabled ommunity in Acadiana.  Here is a list of participating dealerships:

  • Service Chevrolet
  • Hub City Ford
  • Moss Motors locations
  • Acadiana Dodge & Mazda
  • Courtesy Automotive Group
  • Giles Nissan & Volvo
  • Southwest Volkswagen
  • Hampton locations
  • Sterling Kia & Hyundai