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Mardi Gras Beads - The History

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Mardi Gras started many years ago in Mobile, Alabama. It’s been called the wildest fete in the U.S., and for good reason: Every year, droves of party goers flock to New Orleans to take in the floats, the festivities and the food, and to leave their mark on the Big Easy.

The throwing of Mardi Gras beads started with purple, green, and gold The color of the beads was determined by the king in Carnival in 1872. He wanted the colors to be royal colors – purple for justice, gold for power and green for faith.

The beads were originally made of glass, which, as you can imagine, weren’t the best for tossing around. It wasn’t until the beads were made of plastic that throwing them really became a staple of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Last update: Jan 14, 2017

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