The biggest beads at the event might come from the folks at Bacardi Rum, who plan on stringing together thousands of three- inch-round gold, purple and green beads to make the worlds longest strand of Mardi Gras beads.
Bacardi spokesman Shane Graber says the 7000-foot strand will be completed by February 25, and the last bead will be hung by a surprise guest.
Graber doesnt imagine anyone will flash them to get the beads, but jokes, If somebody can figure out how to get this 7000-foot strand of beads home, more power to em.
Graber has celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans several years in a row and gets choked up thinking about how symbolic the event will be this year.
In his words, Mardi Gras is such a part of the DNA of the city. It would almost be wrong not to celebrate.
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