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"12 Days of…

Dec 20 - 23, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

"The Victory Belles…

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
Our popular, charming vocal trio is in a holiday mood! Come jingle all the way… more

“Dirty Dancing — The…

Dec 20 - 21, 2014
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience,… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Dec 20, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

ART GUMBO

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
River Region Art Association presents THE ART GUMBO MARKET every third Saturday… more

Book Signing for…

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
Join us at The Historic New Orleans Collection for "Artist Spaces, New… more

Brunch with Santa at…

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
Join historical New Orleans characters at our annual Brunch with Santa and his… more

Cajun Holiday Tea…

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
Come pass a good time aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with Papa Noel,… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 03, 2015
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christmas in the…

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 01, 2015
Celebrate the season in New Orleans' historic Warehouse District with dazzling… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 20 - 31, 2014
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Court of Two Sisters…

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
Join us for the  Jazz Brunch with Santa! There will be  both the Jazz… more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Visit the festively decorated residence and courtyard of General and Mrs. L.… more

NOMA & The NOLA…

Dec 20 - 21, 2014
In December, NOMA's iconic Great Hall will be transformed by The NOLA Project… more

Oak Alley…

Dec 20 - 24, 2014
Tour the historic grounds, Slavery at Oak Alley Exhibit, Civil War Exhibit and… more

Prospect.3 - Basquiat…

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Artistic Director for P.3: Notes for Now,… more

Prospect.3 - Keith…

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
A selection of images from Calhoun and McCormick's extensive body of work on… more

R+L Carriers New…

Dec 20 - 20, 2014
The New Orleans Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by… more

Royal Teddy Bear Tea…

Dec 20 - 22, 2014
Little Princes & Princesses are crowned as they enter into our Magical… more

"12 Days of…

Dec 20 - 23, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… more

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

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!