If you're from somewhere else you just don't know what a true Mardi Gras can be like. It's fun, exciting, loud, and colorful. There are so many ways to describe the Mardi Gras feeling, but one description some folks are working hard to avoid is dirty.

“It’s really important that the atmosphere that we have here is family friendly and that also means clean," Valerie Longa told us.

Longa is with the Alabama Coastal Foundation. They are lining up volunteers to collect trash and recyclables during the parades.

"We go out the final four days of Mardi Gras during the busiest time of the Mardi Gras season. We roll carts ahead of the parades and people can drop their cans and bottles on the carts as we pass," Longa said.

No beads in the Bay…

The goal is to keep litter off the streets and ultimately out of our waterways.

"Our storm drains they connect directly with our waterways and plastic in our oceans is a huge issue and we want to make sure that we are minimizing any trash, beads from getting into our waterways," Longa said.

Laissez les bons temps... recycle!

And believe it or not collecting trash can be fun.

"We’re kind of like our own parade at Mardi Gras. It’s very festive. We encourage people to dress up."

So. Laissez les bons temps... recycle this Mardi Gras season! Click here to learn how to sign up.

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