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5 Prize-winning Ideas for Your Mardi Gras Float

Mardi Gras parade float

Planning to participate in a parade for Mardi Gras this February? Make sure that you have what you need to pull off a prize-winning float, display or theme in tribute of Fat Tuesday. Buy Mardi Gras Beads, decorations and accents to help bring an authentic flavor to your float and earn well-deserved recognition. Here are five prize-winning ideas for your Mardi Gras float.

1. Throw a Lot of Goodies to the Crowd

When it comes to a parade, it's all about the throws. Keep the float simple and invest resources in throws like beads, doubloons, cups and stuffed toys for the crowd as you pass. The tossing of throws to the spectators and revelers began back in 1870, and it is something that both young and old spectators look forward to.

2. Honor the Doubloon

Another symbol of Mardi Gras is the much-coveted doubloon. The doubloon began as an undated coin issued to honor the event and provide a memento to celebrants. In the mid-20th century, the doubloon gained a newfound fame as a sought-after Mardi Gras parade throw. Buy doubloons to distribute to everyone you see throughout the parade circuit.

3. Integrate the Mardi Gras Color Palette

Make sure to integrate the traditional Mardi Gras color palette into your float design. Use ornate gold, deep purple and vibrant green to pay homage to the holiday. The Mardi Gras colors were established in 1872 and have an underlying meaning for the holiday. Purple signifies justice, green represents faith, and gold symbolizes power.

4. Incorporate Mysterious Masks

Mardi Gras is also associated with mysterious masquerade balls and the Italian concept of Carnivale, so create a float that displays theater masks in some way. There is something inherently creepy about some of these masks, so use them to evoke a haunted, old New Orleans vibe. Take advantage of this with ghoulish characters, ghostly decorations, and a scary scenario for your holiday float.

5. Do Something With a Dragon

Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the dragon. Typically, a dragon makes an appearance at all parades and celebrations during this time of year and it is a familiar symbol of the season for natives. Enlist a couple staffers, friends or associates to wear the long, traditional dragon costume and walk next to your float during the parade procession.

Incorporate as many authentic and symbolic elements of Mardi Gras as you can into your display, which will ring true and make sense to observers and spectators of all ages. You can also use these traditional features of Mardi Gras in a new or unique way to meld traditional and contemporary in a prize-winning float!

Other tips to stand out include:

  • Don't skimp on the beads; buy in bulk and be generous to spectators and guests.
  • Use fringed table skirts to cover your float's base or trailer. Consider the weather conditions before buying your skirts to ensure that they hold up during the parade.
  • Let others know about your float ahead of time via social media.
  • Use your float as a marketing opportunity for your business with banners, signage and promotional products to distribute to parade-watchers.

Participating in local parades and holiday events is something that friends, colleagues and your community need to know about. Share information about the event and your float with your patrons and customers in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras.

Make sure that everyone knows what your float is trying to convey with lots of Mardi Gras Beads, decorations and costumes. Share the festivity and celebration of this holiday by encouraging your family, team or staff to participate in a parade this Mardi Gras.

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Item ID / Price
Quantity Per case
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Item ID / Price
48” 7mm Faceted Beads in PGG
40 dz
33” Twisted Purple, Green, and Gold
60 dz
48” Beads (7.5mm to 16mm Assortment)
20 dz
48” Beads 14mm PGG
10 dz
48” Beads 18mm PGG
6 dz
33” 7mm Assorted Colors
60 dz
40” 10mm Assorted Colors
20 dz
48” 12mm PGG Colors
16 dz
48” 16mm Assorted Colors
8 dz
72” 18mm Assorted Colors
4 dz
22oz. Plastic Mardi Gras Cups
500 pc
7” Swirl Foam Football 
30 pc
Stuffed Animals
24 pc
7” Rocket Balls
12 pc


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Ten Case Bead Package

Item Dozen / Case Cases Total
42 inch - 6 styles of beads 20 5 100 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Turquoise 25 2 50 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Silver 25 2 50 Dz
48 inch 10mm - Purple, Green & Gold 10 1 10 Dz
Total: 10 210 Dz
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Fifteen Case Bead Package

Item Dozen / Case Cases Total
42 inch - 6 styles of beads 20 5 100 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Turquoise 25 3 75 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Silver 25 3 75 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Turquoise 10 1 10 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Silver 10 1 10 Dz
48 inch 10mm - Purple, Green & Gold 10 2 20 Dz
Total: 15 290 Dz
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Item Dozen / Case Cases Total
42 inch - 6 styles of beads 20 6 120 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Turquoise 25 4 100 Dz
48 inch 8mm - Silver 25 4 100 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Turquoise 10 2 20 Dz
60 inch 12mm - Silver 10 2 20 Dz
48 inch 10mm - Purple, Green & Gold 10 2 20 Dz
Total: 20 380 Dz
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Simple Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Happy Halloween from Mardi Gras Supplies!

It's wreath season! Whether it's an Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year or Mardi Gras wreath, there's plenty of materials here at Mardi Gras Supplies. Lowest Prices On The Coast!

This is a tutorial for a simple Halloween wreath that needs few supplies. Feel free to add as many decorations as you desire to your wreath!

Halloween Wreath


Things you'll need:

Things you need

Step By Step

First step

Step 1) Fold purple mesh over 3 times and tie to "corner" of wreath on the bottom ring to secure mesh. If you don't prefer this method, secure mesh with the tinsel wire attached to the wreath form by wrapping wire around the mesh and the bottom ring.

Second step

Step 2) Bunch mesh up to make a poof. Make poofs as big as desired but make sure you're satisfied with them because it's difficult to manipulate them once secured.

Third step - secure poofs
Third step - leave gaps between poofs

Step 3) After securing the first poof, secure poofs all around the bottom ring of the wreath form. Leave a 2 inch gap between poofs.

Fourth step

Step 4) Repeat step 3 on the top ring of wreath form.

Fifth step - Add black mesh

Step 5) Repeat the whole process but with the black mesh. The black mesh poofs should go where the 2 inch gaps are.

Step 6) Attach mask to upper center of wreath by tying the mask's ribbons around the middle ring of wreath. You're done!

Halloween Wreath

Add your own flair to your wreath with customized decorations!

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Get Ready For Fantasy Fest 2017

Get ready for the outrageous Fantasy Fest with our large selection of costumes, throwbeads, light up necklaces, and accessories!         

Rainbow Flag Necklace

Fantasy Fest runs from October 20-29 and is a 10 day party in "Shangri- La" for adults only! Get more info here

Fantasy Fest is all about dressing up, having fun, and coming together as a community. Make Key West proud by going all out with your costume! 

Light Up Necklaces

LED Chasing Lights Necklace 28in Long Light-up Rainbow Ball Necklace Flashing Beer Mugs Necklace Light-Up Marijuana Necklace

Light Up Hats

Girls LED Cowgirl Light-Up Hat Light-up Velvet Kings Crown LED Light Up Assorted Color Fedoras Black Sequin Fedora with LED Light-Up Skull


Metallic Rainbow Heart Shaped Bracelets 8.75in Long x 1in Wide Mardi Gras Gemstone Grid Bracelet

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Naughty Beads

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33in Dark Brown Breast Beads Naughty Beads: Topless Girl Naughty Beads: Nude Girl on Motorcycle

Naughty Beads: Four Penis Necklace Suck On It Pacifier Necklace Blow Me Whistle Mardi Gras Necklace

Tips for Throwing an Awesome Mardi Gras Party

The official Mardi Gras season comes along once per year between the Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. However, you need not wait until that time of year to enjoy all the pleasures of Mardi Gras. When you throw a Mardi Gras party, you can invoke the pure joy and good times of the holiday. Follow these tips to throw a Mardi Gras party that guests will always remember.

Carefully Choose Food That Fits the Mardi Gras Theme

If you are doing a fancy Mardi Gras dinner party, French fare should be served. However, for casual parties, simply prepare food that one would get when attending a Mardi Gras celebration. The main course is then carnival food. You may opt to keep things healthier and be inclusive for all guests by serving vegetarian hot dogs and beignets.

Finger foods can take the form of the food that is commonly thrown in Mardi Gras parades. You can serve these on a platter, or have some extra fun with it. Consider having an impromptu "parade" where someone walks through the party in full costume, tossing out "goodies" to the crowd. Food that has been thrown from Mardi Gras floats include Moon Pies and Cracker Jacks.

Be sure to have dessert in the form of a King Cake! A king cake is simply a cake that has a small trinket (usually a little plastic baby to represent baby Jesus) baked inside the cake. When you serve the cake to guests, be sure that everyone knows to look out for the trinket. According to tradition, the person who is served the piece of cake with the trinket is believed to receive luck and prosperity from it.

Decorate With Plenty of Beads

Many people don't realize that Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday." That's what the term means, but there is a lot more to this jovial, often misunderstood holiday. One thing is for sure: Mardi Gras and beads go together. Be sure to include lots of beads when you're decorating for Mardi Gras.

Also, since the official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold, it's a good idea to go with purple, green, and gold beads for the majority of your decorating. Get creative. Hang them on mirrors, and you may even want to hang them from the tops of doorways. Use your imagination and decorate extravagantly. That's the style of Mardi Gras.

Give High-Quality, Themed Party Favors to Guests

Your party guests will be thrilled by gifts that are themed for Mardi Gras. In addition to having beads as decorations at your party, you want to also give guests beads as gifts. You may do a little questionnaire when inviting guests to your party where you find out each guest's favorite color. You can then give them beads to match their preferences.

You can give away the party favors one by one, too. For example, buy plenty of Mardi Gras masks to give away to guests. Be sure to stash some extras, too, in case you get some last-minute, unexpected guests. Then, as guests walk in the door, you may let them choose a mask from a group of masks. That way, people get to choose the colors and designs that they like, and they can have the option of wearing the mask throughout the party.

Finally, keep in mind that your Mardi Gras party can be full of surprises. The holiday itself is. While most people think it started in New Orleans, its origins in the United States are actually in Mobile, Alabama. Mardi Gras is still such a big celebration in Mobile that most schools give kids two or three days off for the festivities.

Don't be afraid to do up your party in grand style. Mardi Gras is worth celebrating to the max. When you're preparing for your next celebration, you can find everything you need at Mardi Gras Supplies. From beads to all the party supplies you can dream up, we carry what you want for festive fun. 

Mardi Gras Beignets

A Simple Twist for a Festive Beignet!          



2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or instant yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup evaporated milk or 1/2 and 1/2
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening  or butter
1 quart vegetable oil for frying (or less if you are only frying half the batch)
Powdered sugar/confectioners' sugar
Colored powdered sugar in purple, yellow, and green
1) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add white sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend thoroughly. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill overnight.
2) Roll out dough 1/8" thick and cut into 2½" squares. Fry in 360°F hot oil. If the beignets do not pop up the oil is not hot enough. Once light golden brown, set on paper towels to drain.
3) Shake confectioners' sugar onto hot beignets. This serves as a blank canvas to make the colored powdered sugar pop. Once all are covered, add colored powdered sugar (one color at a time) in a striped pattern to tops of beignets. Serve warm.

New Orleans Style King Cake

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This New Orleans style King cake is a brioche cake that is traditionally made with a small doll baked into the dough.

Cake Dough:

•1/2 cup warm water, about 105 to 115 degrees
•2 envelopes active dry yeast
•4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups sifted flour
•1/2 cup sugar
•1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
•2 teaspoons salt
•1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
•1/2 cup lukewarm milk
•3 eggs
•4 egg yolks
•1/2 cup butter, softened
•2 tablespoons butter
•1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
•A tiny doll, traditional but optional King Cake Babies


•3 cups confectioner's sugar
•1/4 cup lemon juice, strained
•3 to 5 tablespoons water
Sugar Topping:
•Paste food coloring: purple, green, and yellow
•3/4 cup white sugar


1. Combine yeast and the warm water. Combine flour, sugar, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in lemon peel. Make a well in center and add yeast and water mixture, along with milk.
2. Lightly beat the 3 eggs and 4 egg yolks; add to liquid mixture.
3. With a large wooden spoon, slowly incorporate dry ingredients into liquids in the center well.
4. Beat in 1/2 cup of the butter and continue beating until dough forms ball. I recommend a dough hook for beating at this point.
5. Place the ball of dough on floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, incorporating more flour as necessary, a little at a time.
6. Butter the inside of a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Place dough in bowl and turn so the entire surface will be buttered Cover bowl and set aside for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in bulk.
7. Brush a large baking sheet with remaining butter.
8. Punch dough down on lightly floured surface. Knead, then pat and shape dough into a cylinder about 14 inches long. Place on baking sheet and form into a ring.
9. Press doll well into dough so that it doesn't show.
10. Set the dough aside again to rise for about 45 to 60 minutes.
11. When ready to bake, brush the top and sides of the ring with the egg-milk mixture.

Bake the King's cake in middle of oven at 375 F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Slide cake onto wire rack to cool.


1. Combine the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of water in a deep bowl; stir until the icing smooth. If too stiff to spread, beat in 1 teaspoon water at a time, until desired consistency is reached. It should be thin enough to run slowly down the sides of the cake. Spread the icing over the top of the cake, letting it to run down the sides.
2. Squeeze a dab of green paste into the palm of one hand. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over the paste and rub hands together to color the sugars evenly. Put colored sugar in a cup and repeat process with green, then twice with purple and yellow, putting each color in a separate cup.
Sprinkle the colored sugars over the icing immediately, forming a row of purple, yellow, and green strips, each about 2 inches wide, on both sides of the ring.

Enjoy your delicious King Cake!