Sheriff Randy Smith will partner once again this Carnival season with STARC to collect beads during local Mardi Gras parades.
Look for the STPSO float at the end of the following parades for a chance to throw your unwanted beads back to benefit STARC:
Krewe of Poseidon Feb. 8 in Slidell
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club Feb. 9 in Pearl River
Krewe of Slidellians/Krewe of Perseus Feb. 9 in Slidell
Krewe of Eve Feb. 14 in Mandeville
Krewe of Olympia Feb. 15 in Covington
Krewe of Selene Feb. 21 in Slidell
Krewe of Lions Club/Krewe of Covington Feb. 25 in Covington
All the beads collected from the float go to STARC of Louisiana, Inc., where members will clean and repackage them and sell them back to float riders. STARC is a private non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing a lifetime of services, training, advocacy, resources, and community connections for individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Tammany Parish.
Sheriff Randy Smith hopes that at the end of every parade, people will "take their best shot" and will throw their beads back onto the STPSO float.
The caricature of Sheriff Smith has donned the front of the float since the partnership began in 2017.