Why do we throw beads?

The idea of float throws came about in the 1870s, started by the Twelfth Night Revelers in New Orleans. They were the first to start the tradition of throwing parade goers prizes. … The action of throwing the beads to parade goers is really just a way to get people riled up.

What is the meaning of the throwing of the beads?

The legend says that a man who was dressed up as Santa Claus tossed strands of glass beads into the crowds. They were such a hit, that people would fight for them — perhaps what inspired nearly a century later the need to win them over with a flash of skin.

When did the bead throwing tradition start?

Beads and Throws

The throwing of beads and fake jewels, from parade floats to those watching down below, is thought to have started in the late 19th century, when a carnival king threw fake strands of gems and rings to his “loyal subjects” sometime in the 1890s.

What do beads mean at a party?

Traditional Mardi Gras beads are purple, green, and gold colors. The purple symbolizes justice; the green represents faith; and the gold signifies power. If you are participating in the Mardi Gras carnival this year or hosting your own Mardi Gras party, make sure you get plenty of colorful beads!

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Is flashing legal in New Orleans?


Contrary to popular belief, public nudity is illegal in New Orleans. (Many a bared breast does not a lawful act make.) You can be arrested for flashing, but you probably won’t be disbarred for it because it’s not a crime of moral turpitude, and it doesn’t reflect on your propensity for truthfulness.

What is a Zulu coconut?

Also among the most coveted of Mardi Gras parade “throws” are Zulu coconuts, the round, painted, glittery orbs thrown out by members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. One of the oldest traditionally African-American krewes, Zulu held its first parade in 1909.