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RECYCLE Your Gasparilla Beads and Get Admission Discounts at Florida Aquarium!

If you and the kids have big plans to snag a TON of beads during the Gasparilla parades, we’ve got a deal to share with you!!

While the challenge to collect the beads is half the fun on parade day, figuring out what to do with them once you’re home can be even more challenging which is why the Florida Aquarium is extending an offer you won’t want to refuse!

In exchange for your beads, they’ll offer you a discount on admission. Bring in a five gallon bucket or more of beads and you’ll receive a half-price ticket for each bucket. This deal is good January 23-February 5, 2022 during Aquarium hours.

There is good reason behind the campaign to collect your beads. It’s estimated that 5 million + strands of beads are thrown into the air each parade season in Tampa! That’s 112 TONS of beads, y’all,

Related: Fun crafts that put those Gasparilla beads to work!

Unfortunately, some of that ends up in our waterways which is no good for wildlife. As much as 3-4 tons of beads are collected as garbage.

The Florida Aquarium will take your donated beads and give them to agencies that will be able to reuse them which means everyone wins!

Related: The Heart of the Sea Exhibit NOW OPEN at the Florida Aquarium

In the past, you’ve been able to donate your Gasparilla beads to these community centers in Tampa:

Copeland Park Community Center
11001 N 15th St

Kate Jackson Community Center
821 S Rome Ave

Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex
1611 N Hubert Ave

MacDonald Training Center
5420 W Cypress St

Port Tampa Community Center
4702 W McCoy St

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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