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Parade Throw Aways

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

Parade Throw Aways, Green The Scene, New Orleans Music Industry Blog, Deaf Child Street Team, Maya Jevans illustrations

Christmas through St. Patrick’s day New Orleans takes to the streets rain or shine. Second lines, marches, and displays of bold production setups like stages and floats eventually roll through most neighborhoods. Parades involve moving magical moments, loved ones, plus a three month time frame where people forget the concept of managing trash. There are tons of trash. People getting trashed. Trash left behind. Trash overflows from the krewes to the crowd.

In research called ‘Can Mardi Gras Go Green?’ Earth Island Journal published, “Green may be one of the three prominent colors of the Mardi Gras spectrum, but the event is anything but. It produces millions of pounds of trash each year, the majority of which ends up in landfills. In 2014, the City collected 1,758 tons of trash during the 10 days of Carnival, spending nearly $1.5 million on sanitation.”

Below are some links to consider regarding how to approach a greener parade experience. Issues, statistics, and possible solutions are all there. The next step is for each person who is either in or attending these events to make conscious decisions about what they are giving and taking from this. It is up to people to not play catch and release with boring, mass processed, garbage throws. Mardi Gras is about coming together as a community. People should give each other something to come for. The city is a home. Enjoy the amenities, but do not overstay the welcome by being a bad guest or housemate.



1. Can Mardi Gras Go Green?

2. The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beads

3. Environmental Impact of Mardi Gras

4. The Plastic Problem at Mardi Gras

5. The Destructive Life of a Mardi Gras Bead

6. 7 Ways to Revel in an Eco-friendly Mardi Gras

7. Recycling krewe: New Orleans groups using Mardi Gras leftovers to build 'sustainable mindset'

8. Throw me Somethin Green

9. Mardi Gras Beads Made out of Paper

10. Rethink Mardi Gras Without Plastic Beads

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