Mardi Gras Beads & Bead History

Mardi Gras Beads and Bead History from Jesse James Beads

The holiday that celebrates beads and fun is right around the corner! That’s right folks, Mardi Gras begins on February 9. This is a perfect time to craft up something beady for friends and family members, so that you can all celebrate in this day full of parties, jazz music, fastnachts (sugary donuts), hurricane cocktails and, of course, beads.

Beads have been a Mardi Gras tradition since the 1800s, when people in New Orleans parades would toss necklaces made of glass beads and other trinkets into the crowd. The necklaces were loved by so many, and by 1900 over 100,000 people made the pilgrimage to NOLA for the New Orleans parades and shining jewelry trinkets.

Mardi Gras Necklaces Easy DIY Instagram

Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and golden yellow – purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. We’ve put together a stellar bead set in Mardi Gras colors. For a limited time only, get 40 premium beads from Jesse James in purple, green and gold for just $24.99. Get the Mardi Gras Bead Set

Mardi Gras Necklaces Pin by Jesse James Beads

The standard Mardi Gras necklace is 30″ in length, but why not layer up with Mardi necklaces in a few different lengths? We have super skinny ball chain that will fit through nearly all Jesse James Beads holes. Check out the Skinny Ball Chain in four different metal colors


Mardi Gras Beads and DIY Necklaces from Jesse James Beads

From us here at Jesse James Beads, we say “Laissez les bon ton roulez!” – That’s creole for “Let the good times roll”

We hope you celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras this season. The party starts on Tuesday, February 9! Create something special for your friends and family (and you too!). Share your pieces with us on instagram with #jessejamesbeads, and be sure to comment below and let us know what you think of our new Mardi Gras beads!

Happy Days and Beady Nights,

Sarah James & Your Friends at

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