Question: A friend of mine was at a parade on Canal Street and told me that his girlfriend got a coconut. Apparently, she had to bare her breasts to get one. Can you tell me the story behind that? Answer: She didn't have to bare her breasts. You see, during Mardi Gras, the coconuts are a great treasure, and they are hard to get. That is also true for the beautiful beads that many throw.
Stripping off inhibitions in the ‘free market’ of Mardi Gras
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Talia Mindich Talia Mindich. It was Mardi Gras Beads rained down on Claire and her friends as they pushed through the Bourbon Street crowds. Men lined the balconies with barrels of beads and women danced down the center of the boulevard. Swept up in the energy, Claire lifted her shirt. Claire, 24, who had driven with friends to New Orleans from her Midwestern college, became one of countless out-of-town revelers who has flashed a body part on the French Quarter streets in exchange for an important currency: beads. Flashing for beads is a ritual with murky roots.
Photo by Lee Curran. We are approaching peak Carnival Time! The laws are meant to keep everyone safe and give everyone a fair chance of catching some good throws. Knowing them will also help you avoid getting arrested or fined, having to move your setup during the parade, and being rightfully judged by the fellow revelers.
Ann Lyneah Curtis 2nd from the right may have pioneered the custom of flashing for beads in An unidentified Mardi Gras reveler teases the crowd below her balcony during the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans in this undated file photo. Friday, March 1,