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NASA Week to Blast…

Jul 1 - 5, 2015
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 1 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 1 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Foundation…

Jul 1 - 3, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is thrilled to present Sea and Soil a group exhibition… more

ESSENCE Festival…

Jul 2 - 2, 2015
The 2015 #BRINGTHELOVE Citywide Day of Service in New Orleans! Join… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 2 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 2 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

Ogden After Hours…

Jul 2 - 2, 2015
Join us for Ogden After Hours for Alvin Youngblood Hart. more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 2 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 3 - 3, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Red, White, and…

Jul 3 - 5, 2015
In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
Ashé Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the 15th Annual Maafa… more

Go 4th On The River

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
The Go 4th on the River Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza is the annual… more

Saturday Farmers…

Jul 4 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

St. Bernard Salutes…

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
The St. Bernard Salutes America Committee will host the 31st Annual Celebration… more

The Makeup & Martini…

Jul 4 - 4, 2015
Join us for the 3rd Annual Beauty and Entertainment event The Makeup &… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

NASA Week to Blast…

Jul 1 - 5, 2015
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

Haydel's Announces Release of The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead DogĀ®

Haydel's Announces Release of The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead Dog®

Haydel's Bakery is excited to announce that local children's author, Cornell P. Landry and illustrator Sean Gautreaux have created a new book, The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead Dog® based on Haydel's own Mardi Gras Bead Dog®. The book, the eighth for Landry, is available now.

Like all of his previous children's books, The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead Dog® is steeped in New Orleans tradition. "I have been a fan of the Mardi Gras Bead Dog® ever since I saw the very first one in front of Haydel's Bakery. Every time I'd see a new one pop up in the city, I would find myself smiling at each one. So, when Haydel's approached me to create a story for the Mardi Gras Bead Dog®, I was ecstatic. This is the most excited I have been for a book release since Goodnight NOLA. I hope that New Orleanians will love it as much as I do," said Landry.

The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead Dog® retails for $17.95 and will be available at several local retailers, including Haydel's Bakery. Haydel's will host a book signing with the author on Saturday, December 8th from 11am to 12pm in celebration of the book's release. Cook Me Somethin' Mister will serve complimentary jambalaya while supplies last.


History of the Mardi Gras Bead Dog®

Up until the 1960's, New Orleans Mardi Gras 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 easiest to make, was the Bead Dog. Cub Scout and Brownie Troops, school clubs and various groups of children made the little Bead Dogs and sold them for fundraising activities. Haydel's decided that this historical little dog would be a wonderful way to give back to the community by raising funds for local charities. Coinciding with Haydel's 50th Anniversary, the Haydel's Mardi Gras Bead Dog® was born. In 2008, local New Orleans artist, Philip Weddle, was commissioned to create his rendering of the old time Mardi Gras Bead Dog®.

The Mardi Gras Bead Dog® is one of the featured ways that Haydel's Bakery gives back to the community. We hope you enjoy this revived piece of New Orleans tradition. Laissez les bon temps rouler!