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“Awash with Color:…

May 4 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

May 04, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 04, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 4 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Siberian Invasion!…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Four funky acts descend upon Siberia for a night of groove and revelry:… more

Soiree d'Or, a…

May 4 - 4, 2016
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The Historic New…

May 4 - 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Maison Presents -…

May 04, 2016 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Join us for Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series takes place in… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 5 - 5, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 5 - 5, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Heart of the House

May 05, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park

May 5 - Jun 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Novice Italian…

May 5 - 19, 2016
Students will develop basic language skills and a general understanding of… more

Novice Italian…

May 5 - 19, 2016
Students will develop basic language skills and a general understanding of… more

Shatner's World We…

May 5 - 5, 2016
Join William Shatner at the Orpheum Theater for his stand up comedy tour… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

“Awash with Color:…

May 4 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… 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!