Why Do We Throw Beads At Mardi Gras? Essay

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Why do we throw beads at Mardi Gras?

While riding in a Mardi Gras parade recently and throwing beads, I asked several of my fellow krewe members if they knew why we throw beads at Mardi Gras. After most of them looked at me as if I had lost my mind for asking such a philosophically deep question, none could answer.

The short answer is Symbolism. A brief story best illustrates the most profound connotation behind this tradition.

Once a cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls who was almost five was waiting with her mother at the checkout of a local dollar store, she saw them—a circle of glistening white pearls in a gold foil box.

“Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!”

Quickly her mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl 's upturned face.

“A dollar ninety-five. That 's almost two dollars. If you really want them, I 'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time, you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday is only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.”

As soon as she got home, she emptied her piggy bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.

On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last, she had enough money to buy the necklace.

The little girl loved her…

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