Mardi Gras beads

Souvenir Sunday: Final Four beads at New Orleans Airport

Each Sunday at is Souvenir Sunday, the day we celebrate fun and inexpensive souvenirs you can find at airports.

This week’s pick come to us – once again – from Jon Douglas, a basketball fan who was delighted to find airport greeters handing out Final Four beads to arriving passengers at Louis Armstrong -New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

Free beads are a new tradition at MSY. Each Friday since September, the airport has been hosting “Throw me something Fridays” and handing out free Mardi Gras beads to arriving passengers. You can read more about that here.

And, if you find a great souvenir at the airport that’s inexpensive ($10 or less), “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat, please take a photo and send it along. If your souvenir is featured on, I’ll send you a special travel-related souvenir.