OK, we get to ride in several parades throughout the year that require us to arm ourselves with hundreds of dollars of the shiny, beautiful, yet somewhat useless, baubles. There is a definite art to getting READY to throw the beads. Bust open the box, then the plastic bag, and then hang the beads within easy reach. Or...if you are recycling, you have to untangle and then proceed. You know what I mean! This is one of the reasons why you have to line up for parades so early - this requires a considerable amount of time to get ready to throw! And of course, you might have other things besides beads to throw - like moon pies, baubles, or even candy. Make sure you have all of your trinkets unpacked and ready to throw, or you are going to be scrambling during the ride, which you definitely DO NOT WANT. (Especially if you are driving!)

Here is another one of my own personal observations about throwing Mardi Gras beads from a float - try not to make eye contact. People are going to be screaming out your name the second you come into view, and this is a lot harder than it sounds, but it's still do-able. And if you see someone you want to throw some lagniappe to - make sure you have some tucked away for your friends and family.

Check out the art of throwing Mardi Gras beads, from a float at the annual Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Studios in Orlando. Presumably, the folks in our Mardi Gras Krewes here in Louisiana are too busy drinking and throwing beads to actually make a video, so......throw me somethin', Mister!