You can recycle your Gasparilla Beads at the Florida Aquarium

The Pirate Invasion is upon us. Gasparilla kicked off with the Children’s Parade on January 19, and it reaches its zenith on January 26 with the full on invasion, parades and live music along the Riverwalk. Every one knows that plenty of beads are tossed from floats during the parade. The question is: What do you do with the beads once the celebration is over?

The Florida Aquarium is here to give residents an easy alternative to simply casting them aside on the sidewalk or trashing them when they get home later. This will help keep those vibrant beads out of the Bay.


The Florida Aquarium will accept beads for recycling. 10 pounds of beads is $10 off one general admission ticket. They’re accepting donations through January 31 between the hours of 9:30am-5pm.

The Aquarium is also offering on free admission to workers affected by the government shutdown until it ends.

The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Drive.


Want the skinny on all that’s going on during Gasparilla, including the first annual Gasparilla Jazz Fest? See our full guide here.


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