Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is a wild and wonderful celebration of extravagance with participants around the world. One of the most famous celebrations happens in New Orleans, and the colorful beads thrown from floats are often the highlight of this celebration.

Although the Mardi Gras celebration has been in New Orleans since 1837, the tradition of throwing beads didn’t exist until the 1920s. This was when the Rex parade began throwing inexpensive, handmade glass bead necklaces into the crowds. From this simple act the tradition was born.

Traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold, with each color holding a special meaning. The purple means justice, the green exemplifies faith and the gold represents power. With the changing times and growing popularity of this holiday, Mardi Gras beads now come in every color imaginable.

You can get ready for the celebration with this fun earring and bracelet set. With a bright palette and fun charms, you’ll be the life of the party when you wear the perfect accessories. Learn how to make Mardi Gras Earrings and a Mardi Gras Bracelet you will be proud to show off with our free instructions available in the Learning Center.

Want to win your own collection of Mardi Gras jewelry supplies? Enter our one-day Mardi Gras contest for your chance to win! Since Mardi Gras is all about excessiveness and lavish celebration, our prize package includes rich sterling silver and gold vermeil charms, as well as some limited edition bead strands. All of these components are presented in a beautiful purple organza bag, tied off with green and gold satin ribbon. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling us how to intend to celebrate Mardi Gras. Hurry! This contest will end tonight at 11:59PM PST. We will randomly choose one winner and announce the winner tomorrow.

This prize package is valued at approximately $50 and contest is open to US and Canada residents only excluding Quebec. One entry per person; must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted via e-mail. No purchase necessary.


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    • pat
    • February 21, 2012


    • Darby Clare
    • February 21, 2012

    ICE CREAM! Lent starts tomorrow! I need beads to keep me occupied for the next 40 days, so I don’t s ream for ice cream…

  1. Beads and more Beads is how I intend to spend the evening.

    • BRINDA
    • February 21, 2012

    Love. To aim these beads beautful

    • Mary Kearney
    • February 21, 2012

    I’m celcbrating by attending a Mardi Gras theme party which I made some of the decorations for.

    • Oleksandra
    • February 21, 2012

    How do I celebrate? I just put on some great music and bead, bead, BEAD! What could be better??

  2. always go to French Market Grille ; share a muffleta sandwich, shrimp, crab legs and small piece of King cake. and Hurricane drink , some beads. yea! thanks

    • Geoffry
    • February 21, 2012

    I’m chilling with my boys as we got the bob marley playin.

    • tye
    • February 21, 2012

    I am watching happy movies with my sis and eating lots of delicious things….

    • Laura De La Garza
    • February 21, 2012

    Eat eat eat and bead bead bead.

  3. Quiet evening at home making Mardi Gras cupcakes

    • vicki
    • February 21, 2012

    Quiet evening in the desert with dreams of dancing saguaro with beads on their arms!

    • Olivia K. Kirby
    • February 21, 2012

    I’m spending Mardi Gras at home thinking up designs and stories with my bead-loving cat, Cassie.

    • Lydia Harpe
    • February 21, 2012

    Celebrate Mardi Gras by eating lots of food of course!!

    • ChrisC
    • February 21, 2012

    We always have King Cake at work. Then quiet evening at home doing crafts!

    • Kris B
    • February 21, 2012

    Spending time with my family!

    • Layne
    • February 21, 2012

    I celebrated tonight by helping serve a free pancake and sausage dinner at church!

    • Dody
    • February 21, 2012

    beading if I don’t fall asleep

    • Melissa Braun
    • February 21, 2012

    Homework!! 🙁

    • m.baxter
    • February 21, 2012

    Throwing bead strands at my husban and kids mon cher.

    • Cindy
    • February 21, 2012

    I am enjoying a quiet evening at home watching television with my family. I have been suffering with a horrible cold.

    • Barb Moody
    • February 21, 2012

    Gallery hopping and then hangingout in a Zydeco bar near Fort Myers Beach!

    • Linda
    • February 21, 2012

    Looking at pictures on the Web wishing I was in New Orleans with family and friends!

    • Elizabeth
    • February 21, 2012

    I enjoy it by staying home and cooking all my Mardi Gras favorites for my family and teaching my kids what the day stands for. It is so much fun.

    • Adrienne Hayes
    • February 21, 2012

    I’ve been having a King Kake buffet all day!

    • Debbie Hendrix
    • February 21, 2012

    quiet evening at home, unfortunately…sigh…wish I had someone to celebrate with

    • Sue Mac
    • February 21, 2012

    Pancakes for dinner, of course. I have done this every year since my mother started it when I was very young.

    • Benita Randle
    • February 21, 2012

    Having daiquiris with friends in celebration of my birthday (today), Mardi Gras and first day of a new job!

    • Kim
    • February 21, 2012

    Celebrated fat tuesday at the office with a King cake and off to a a Mardi Gras party with some friends and family.

  4. Working on three pieces for a gallery exhibit based on interpreting poetry as well as ideas for a piece for my Challenge Of Music blog hop that will be ~ yikes!~ next week!
    Enjoy the day!

  5. home with my “furry babies”

    • Mallory
    • February 21, 2012

    I danced and shimmied a bit

  6. at home with my “furry babies”

  7. Dancing! And cookies!

    • mykel giles
    • February 21, 2012

    Beading….of course

    • Sharon Young
    • February 21, 2012

    Celebrated by going to New Orleans! Saw Will Ferrell, the King of the Bacchus parade. We had a blast, but had to leave before Mardi-Gras day. I would love to move back down to my home in New Orleans!

    • Madeline
    • February 21, 2012

    I celebrated Mardi Gras today, all day, going to the parades. We were with family and friends
    all day enjoying the food and fun with all the parades. The weather was great, Happy Mardi Gras!!!!

  8. I’m celebrating Mardi Gras in Gulfport, MS enjoying the fact that planned ahead and went to Selena in Slidell, LA and missed the Mardi Gras Parade rush 😉

    • Nanci
    • February 21, 2012

    Celebrating Fat Tuesday by fattening myself up on this Tuesday! 😀

    • Pat
    • February 21, 2012

    extry chocolate!!! and working on pounding some silvers!! yay! 🙂

    • Bec
    • February 21, 2012

    Celebrating Mardi Gras by shopping online for beads 🙂

    • Dee MelzPlanetadeeva
    • February 21, 2012

    Happy fat Tuesday & Mardi Gras! I started my Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday. I walked in our local parade throwing beads. It’s called a Carnivale like in brazil. Had such a great time! The gumbo & red beans and rice were great! Today a local entertainment bar with live band playing. Good times! I also made some great mask jewelry and a mask I wore in parade.

    • TK
    • February 21, 2012

    Hope to celebrate in New Orleans soon. Lots of local bars celebrating. Love the royal colors.

    • Crystal Thain
    • February 21, 2012

    Our Mardi Gras was very enjoyable. I made Jambalaya with shrimp and sausage. Salad was spinach, Greek olives and feta cheese with lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Desert was a pound cake with cream cheese frosting that I colored in Green/Purple/Gold. Pretty good fare for living this far north (Canada is 100 miles away).

  9. I spent it cooking, doing homework with the kiddos, baths, books,and goodnight kisses. Perfect way to celebrate!

    • Ashley Huvard
    • February 21, 2012

    a great way to spend the evening beading with all the Mardi Gras colors

    • Ellen Lesak
    • February 21, 2012

    I am celebrating Mardi Gras with my family, sitting asnd helping my Grandson Xander help (for the 1st time) to feed his new baby brother, Warren, who arrived last Friday morning. And thinking of ways to make a unique new kind of family beaded-style jewelery for my daughter for Mother’s day.

    And it doesn’t get any better a celebration than that!

    • mary lou mazurette
    • February 21, 2012

    I’m not sure yet, I am a spontaneous person.

  10. I celebrated by working today! lol

  11. Celebrate by wearing all my Mardi Gras beads!

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