Ball High Bead Collection

Ball High School student Floyd Toran Jr. wraps a string of beads around his wrist while sorting them at the school Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

Yaga’s Entertainment owner Mike Dean singlehandedly orders 3 million beads each year for people to scramble after during Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras krewes order even more to throw from their floats.

The multicolored strands are iconic, and Mardi Gras would be, well, not Mardi Gras without them.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227;


Deputy Managing Editor

Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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(3) comments

Bailey Jones


Bill Keese

What a great program! Thank you Mike, Rob and everyone for your creativities and total dedication to Galveston, education and all the kids on the island!

Larry Grissom

What a fantastic idea!

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