Here’s when you can trade old Mardi Gras beads for free doughnuts

Your stash of old Mardi Gras beads could get you a sweet prize — a free dozen of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Photo courtesy: John Snell

Krispy Kreme’s Metairie location, 825 Clearview Parkway, will hand out a free dozen of original glazed donuts to customers who bring in 12 pounds or more of Mardi Gras beads on March 25 and 26. The location will accept donations each day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Customers can also accept a coupon to redeem at a later date. Bead donations will be weighed on-site.

The initiative is part of a “Beads-for-Doughnuts” drive to help Arc of Greater New Orleans recycle beads for the next Mardi Gras season.

This year, Jefferson Parish passed an ordinance that allowed Arc of ArcGNO to have a throw-back float in parish parades. The float, titled “Throw ‘Em Back,” encouraged those along the parade route to recycle throws to be sorted, repackaged and sold in the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle retail store. The ArcGNO float rolled in Krewe of Excalibur, Krewe of Kings, Krewe of Centurions and Krewe of Isis.

ArcGNO also partnered with two different organizations to not only collect throws and recyclables along the parade route.

Arc’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center is a year-round business that employs more than 80 people with intellectual disabilities. Each year, employees with help from army volunteers sort, repackage and sell beads to Carnival riders.

“We have already sorted, banded and repacked thousands of pounds of throws that can now be sold and the process will continue right up until Mardi Gras 2020,” said executive director Stephen Sauer.

The 66-year-old non-profit organization supports children and adults with Down syndrome, autism, or some other intellectual disability

For more information, visit the Arc of New Orleans website.