Ever wondered why people get so crazy about beads during Mardi Gras? It began in the 1800’s when inexpensive necklaces made of glass beads began to be tossed into the crowds by the parade krewes. The beads were an instant hit among the crowds of New Orleans residents and visiting Mardi Gras tourists. According to a popular story a man dressed up as Santa Claus was the first person in a New Orleans parade to use the beads in his costume. By 1900, over 100,000 tourists traveled to New Orleans to participate in the celebration and to get some of their own “5th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee”. Other souvenirs have gained popularity over the years like plastic cups, toys, frisbees, figurines, and doubloons, however beads are easily the crowds favorite! Today, Mardi Gras beads can be found in various sizes, shapes, and colors. They are also now made with cheaper and safer materials like plastic and aluminum rather than glass. Traditional Mardi Gras beads are purple, green, and gold colors. The purple symbolizes justice; the green represents faith; and the gold signifies power.
The “5th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee” is being held February 8-9, 2013. King Cake Parties, a Parade, and a huge Street Party are the featured events! Don’t miss out on all the fun and don’t you dare forget your beads! Hope to see you there! For more information on the event please click the following link: mardigrastybee.com