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  • 2008-2009

    Purple Bead Dog

    100% of the Proceeds raised were donated to the LASPCA.

  • 2009-2010

    Beaddogchnola

    100% of the Proceeds were donated to Children's Hospital New Orleans.

  • 2010-2011

    Beaddog

    100% of the Proceeds were donated to Susan G. Komen of New Orleans

  • 2011-2012

    Pawtyanimal

    100% of the Proceeds donated to LASPCA and was also part of the Paws on Parade Public Art Project.

  • 2012-2013

    Team Gleason

    100% of the proceeds go to Team Gleason. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Haydel's. The winner will be drawn in December 2013.

 

 Drag the Bead Dog tab to view the evolution of this New Orleans favorite.


Bead Dog History

Up until the 1960's New Orleans Mardi Gras parade krewes threw glass beads. In the mid 1960's plastic beads replaced glass beads as the throw of choice. Often, when beads were thrown from floats they became tangled and broken. Children enjoyed sorting through the tangled beads. Soon, they discovered when the beads were twisted in various directions they could create different animals. The most popular, and the easiest to make, was the "Bead Dog". Various school clubs, including Cub Scouts and Brownie Troops, and children's fundraising groups began making the little "Bead Dogs" and selling them for fundraising activities.

In 2008, Haydel's Bakery commissioned local New Orleans artist, Philip Weddle, who created his rendering of the old time Mardi Gras Bead Dog©. As of 2008- 2009 Mardi Gras season, Haydel's began offering merchandise featuring the Mardi Gras Bead Dog®. Items included children & adult apparel, original artwork and a host of other fun accessories.

Today, a full sized Mardi Gras Bead Dog© greets our customers daily upon entering our retail location. In the spirit of this New Orleans tradition, Haydel's Bakery donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Mardi Gras Bead Dog© merchandise to a charitable organization each year. Annually, Haydel's Bakery sells raffle tickets for customers to take a chance to win a full sized sculpture. 100 % of the proceeds from this raffle are donated to a local charity of choice. The Mardi Gras Bead Dog© is one of their philanthropic ways to give back to the community.

 


Meet the artist: Philip Lee Weddle
Philip is a graduate of the Art Institute of Phoenix for Animation Design and Media Arts. He pursues his artistic endeavors with his hometown in mind. Born and raised in New Orleans, Philip has a true sense of what it means to love New Orleans. His focus on local design, music and culture prompted Haydel’s Bakery to commission him to develop the version of our local favorite, The Mardi Gras Bead Dog©.