This parade is all about the beads. Seriously. It was insane.
We had discussed ahead of time our rules of personal bead gathering, as we wanted to get a realisic idea about how many one could expect to gather.
-No picking them off the street.
-No grabbing them away from eager youngsters (think foul balls at a baseball game).
-Unless they are thrown directly to us or hit us when we weren't paying attention, they did not go around our necks.
Even so, we could barely walk back to our vehicle - madness, sheer madness.(click here to find out more on Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans)
We should have realized something was up when we saw all of the "Throw it to me Mister" signs and fishing nets. The winner was a kid who was holding a laundry basket affixed to a broomstick, creating a target that no float rider could resist trying to make.
By the halfway point there were nearly as many plastic bags that held the beads floating on the wind as beads themselves.(click here to find out more on Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans)
See our entire journey discovering Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans
Visit the crazy Courir de Mardi Gras, in Church Point - chicken chasing!
Check out the authentic celebrations in Eunice and Mamou
Go hog wild at an old-fashioned Boucherie meat fest!
Watch dogs celebrate Mardi Gras at the Krewe des Chiens Dog Parade
Find out how to get booze at a drive-thru window
Join us at the parade in Jeanerette
Learn more about the Acadian, Canadian, and Cajun connection
See our thank you to the mysterious person at the Dog Parade who commited a wonderful act of kindness!
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