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Mardi Green: The Krewe do Craft 

salvaged material:

recyclables with resale value; Mardi Gras throws for green-minded marchers in Krewe do Craft.

Not far from the seas of foreign-made plastic beads, cups and knick-knacks left in the wake of Carnival's super krewes, the eco-friendly Krewe do Craft will march in its annual parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22.

   Instead of using traditional, cheap plastic throws that have a reputation for heavy carbon footprints — from the polyethylene production to the around-the-world shipping — Krewe do Craft features recycled beads and locally produced throws, including one-of-a-kind, offbeat crafts made from salvaged materials.

  This year's theme is "Alice in Craftyland," and the krewe will toss theme-appropriate throws like "magic cupcakes" by Inexplicable Confetti, clay jesters and mini knitted boas by Knitzy, and bottlecap "bounce" rings by Yabetta Supa Don't. The procession will follow the Thoth, Bacchus and Box of Wine parades, beginning at Dryades and Second streets and marching down St. Charles Avenue to a closing party at 3 Ring Circus' The Big Top Gallery (1638 Clio St.).

  For those who aren't in a parade where they can recycle leftover beads, the Arc of Greater New Orleans (5700 Loyola Ave.; 925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie; 333 Sala Ave., Westwego), Magnolia School (100 Central Ave.) and the Green Project (2831 Marais St.) accept beads year-round. The beads can then be resold to distributors and repackaged for future parades. — Alex Woodward


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