Mardi Gras beads block New Orleans drains

Officials in New Orleans have discovered the hidden cost of the city’s annual Mardi Gras celebrations after drains in the city became blocked. Workers have reportedly removed more than 42 tons of the festival’s signature plastic beads from storm drains around five blocks of the city centre.

Thanks to Pete Cuomo for bringing this to the It’s Interesting community.

A front end loader removes trash that was left on Boubon Street after last night’s Mardi Gras Celebration, Early Wednesday morning Feb. 25, 2009, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brian Lawdermilk)

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