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Talk about bling! Spectators will do just about anything to catch the millions of colorful beaded necklaces thrown from floats at Mardi Gras. In addition to colorful bead necklaces, millions of cups and toy coins known as "doubloons" (Pronunciation: (du-blOOn'), are decorated with krewe logos and thrown to parade-watchers. Some "throws" are especially prized: only the luckiest folks manage to take home the hand-decorated coconuts from the Krewe of Zulu. Here's a tip.... Bring 4 plastic garbage bags, the type with a handle. The amount of trinkets, beads, cups you will catch will amaze you!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|