Marion Jopp of Hagenbach, Germany snags a string of beads as Endymion rolls on the Mid-City route Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, to the theme, ‘Jazz –Our Gift to the World.’ More than 3,300 male riders tossed lighted theme pillows, bouncing balls and laser spinners, and doubloons in multiple colors. Jacob David Winfield reigned as king, and Hannah June Autin as queen. Jon Batiste, bandleader for ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ served as grand marshal. NFL Rookies of the Year Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore rode in the parade, as well as former Saints player Steve Gleason. Singer Rod Steward and Hip-hop/pop/R&B singer Jason Derulo performed at the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Speaking of petitions, the news that 46 tons of old Mardi Gras beads were found in clogged St. Charles Avenue catch basins that crews cleaned in recent months has prompted a Care2 petition asking the city to ban Mardi Gras beads or require biodegradable, non-toxic beads instead.

The online petition has gathered over 14,000 signatures, organizers said.

“Look, if people really wanted those beads, would 46 tons end up down the drain?” wrote petition author Aaron Viles. “People want glittery shoes, blinking whatevers, coconuts, moon pies, stuffed animals, footballs. The majority of beads are just parade-filler.”

The Care2 petition asks New Orleans to ban the beads until biodegradable, nontoxic beads are available, pointing to a Kickstarter project that aims to make them.

The Department of Public Works said it is working with the Sanitation Department to figure out how to prevent the clogs, including temporarily stuffing the catch basin openings with "gutter buddies" to stop the beads from entering the drain.