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Mardi Gras Bead Dog Book
Mardi Gras Bead Dog Book

Mardi Gras Bead Dog Book

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History of the Mardi Gras Bead Dog Mascot

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 broke. 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 dog 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 bead dog trinket. In the 2008-2009 Mardi Gras season, Haydel's began offering Mardi Gras Bead Dog merchandise. including children's & adult apparel, original artwork and a host of other fun accessories.

Today, a full sized Mardi Gras Bead Dog® statue 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. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this raffle are donated to a local charity.