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Mardi Gras Beads:
What Is The Tradition?

by Gail Leino

When you think about Mardi Gras, you donít think about some of the traditions that are a part of the celebration like Mardi Gras beads. In fact, how many people even know the symbolism behind the beads? It takes some research for most people to understand why certain things are done and why they are traditional parts of the Mardi Gras celebration.

For over a century it has been a tradition for those in the parade to throw out beads or other trinkets to any spectator shouting the phrase, ďThrow me something, mister.Ē It may seem like a small symbolism to be sure, but the tradition has endured for over a century, and will likely endure for another one. Sometimes it is not beads but trinkets or doubloons, which are coins in the size of a silver dollar. The beads are actually plastic necklaces in different colors, shapes, and sizes that represent jewelry royalty would wear.

In addition to beads and doubloons, cups are sometimes tossed to the spectator yelling the famous phrase. The cups bear the Krewes emblem as well as the theme for that yearís celebration. Donít think that you cannot have your own celebration because youíre not having a parade in order to follow the tradition. You can have a mini-parade or you can have a drawing or play a game with the winner becoming the recipient of the beads, doubloon, or cup.

If you donít know where to find what you need for your own Mardi Gras party, your local party store should be able to direct you. If you donít have a party store in your area or one that carries Mardi Gras supplies, an online search will provide websites where you can find all of the supplies you need for your Mardi Gras celebration.


About the Author:

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino takes a common sense approach to planning and organizing events, celebrations and holiday parties with unique ideas for Mardi Gras party supplies and fun Mardi Gras party games . She explains proper etiquette and living a healthy life while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. The Party Supplies Hut has lots of party ideas with hundreds of free holiday printable games and free birthday party activities. Over 100 adorable Themes including Mardi Gras Party Supplies to fit your birthday celebration, holiday event, or "just because" parties. Party themes include cartoon characters, sports, movie, TV shows, luau, western, holidays, and unique crazy fun theme ideas.

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