In case you were wondering (you WERE wondering weren't you?) where all those Mardi Gras beads came from, well, I was able to sneak into this bead farm with my wife and caught this picture of a Mardi Gras bead-tree.
All seriousness aside, click on the image above to see the large version. We found this tree the day after a Mardi Gras parade. I don't know who was standing under it, but massive amounts of beads must have rained down on them for this many to be caught up in this crape myrtle tree.
I saw a particularly neat pair of beads and was trying to nudge them down.
(oh, we got out of the bead farm without being discovered).