The controversy surrounding the removal of several Confederate monuments in New Orleans in 2017 could resurface in Mard Gras parades thanks to beads commemorating Lee Circle, according to a WWL-TV report.
The "Forever Lee Circle" Mardi Gras bead design first got attention in September from Charles Marsala, who is part of the Save Nola Heritage group, but their existence blew up on social media in the past week. One Facebook page selling the beads says it has already sold out of them.
Marsala and Save Nola Heritage want to educate and demand more transparency from the city about what it does with public art, such as monuments. Marsala says the beads are not meant to be racist, and wants them to serve as a reminder that Lee Circle still needs attention.
"It should have been done before we have the mayors change office, as to what we are going to do with that area and where the money is going to come from to finish it," he said.
Read WWL's full report here.