Throw Me Something Mista! :: 2022 Guide to the Best Throws from Mardi Gras Krewes (2023)

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Throw Me Something Mista! :: 2022 Guide to the Best Throws from Mardi Gras Krewes Sunday | January 30, 2022 | New Orleans East Saturday | February 5, 2022 | Marigny Friday | February 11, 2022 | French Quarter Saturday | February 12, 2022 | French Quarter Saturday | February 12, 2022 | Slidell Sunday | February 13, 2022 | Metairie Sunday | February 13, 2022 | Pearl River Friday | February 18, 2022 |French Quarter Friday | February 18, 2022 |Metairie Friday | February 18, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans Friday | February 18, 2022 |Mandeville Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Metairie Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Slidell Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Madisonville Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Covington Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Chalmette Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Abita Springs Sunday | February 20, 2022 | French Quarter Sunday | February 20, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans Wednesday | February 23, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans Thursday | February 24, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans Friday | February 25, 2022 | French Quarter Friday | February 25, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans Friday | February 25, 2022 |Slidell Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Westbank Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Mid-City Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Kenner Sunday | February 27, 2022 | Metairie Sunday | February 27, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans Monday | February 28, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans Tuesday | March 1, 2022 |Metairie Tuesday | March 1, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans FAQs

Throw Me Something Mista! :: 2022 Guide to the Best Throws from Mardi Gras Krewes

Growing up in Nebraska, every spring my grandparents would send me a box of all their best throws from parades in New Orleans. I would gush over them & dance around pretending like I was in the parade, not knowing at 8 years old that I would end up living in New Orleans.

The mystique of catching “the good stuff” has never left me, and it is still one of my favorite parts of Mardi Gras! I ride every year in the Krewe of Cleopatra and take just as much time choosing what to throw. I take weeks to design our signature glitter cups (one ended up on the news one year and I was SO excited!) On the route, I always scan the crowd for parade-goers that are looking for special throws (signs work y’all!); making someone’s day is one of the best parts of riding.

Whether you collect them, reuse them, let your kids destroy your house with them, or stash them all in your attic until you die – I think we can all agree everyone loves a good throw! I wanted to find all the new and unique throws that we can expect this year, so without further ado, I present your ultimate guide to all the best throws I could find for 2022. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

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Throw Me Something Mista! :: 2022 Guide to the Best Throws from Mardi Gras Krewes (3)

Sunday | January 30, 2022 | New Orleans East

  • Krewe of Nefertiti 12:00 pm – With 14 floats & 200 riders, be sure to check out their signature jeweled items that change each year.

Saturday | February 5, 2022 | Marigny

  • Krewe of Chewbacchus 7:00 pm – This amazing sci-fi-themed krewe makes all of its own throws, including custom bead medallions! Catch one of these or any one of their stuffed animals, bandoliers, bean bags, or frisbees.

Friday | February 11, 2022 | French Quarter

  • Krewe Bohème7:00 pm – A sight to be seen! This krewe is made up of 18 sub krewes many featuring their own signature throws. These are all so unique & just a sample of what you could catch if you’re lucky:
    • Krewe of Goddesses – Will be handing out their beautiful signature hand-painted oyster shells to paradegoers.
    • Skinz n Bonez – This krewe of skeletons will be handing out dolls & their signature trading cards.
    • Krewe of Dystopian Paradise – A scroll through their Instagram shows a slew of awesome throws they will hand out from homemade bracelets, messages in a bottle, resin widgets, flying unicorns, and decorated stuffed animals.
    • The Bayou Babes – Go check out their Facebook to see some of the custom throws they are currently making: glittered bugs, flowers, and other creatures. They’ve been known to hand out everything from crawfish to pirogue paddles.

Saturday | February 12, 2022 | French Quarter

  • Krewe du Vieux 6:30 pm – Known for its adult-themed, satirical, political, and hilariously raunchy throws. You literally never know what you are going to catch at this one-of-a-kind R-rated parade. You probably want to leave the kiddos at home for this one unless you want to be having some interesting conversations!
  • Krewedelusionfollows – This newer satirical krewe made up of multiple inner-krewes is true to its name! The theme is a secret every year except to their captains. They pride themselves on “using innovative approaches to creating low-impact, environmentally-friendly throws in our “fuel-free, mule-free” parade according to their website. Love that!

Saturday | February 12, 2022 | Slidell

  • Krewe of Bilge 12:00 pm – this 40-year-old krewe decorates their boats for parading around Eden Isles throwing cups, beads, and other themed trinkets to shoreline revelers.
  • Krewe of Poseidon 6:00 pm – this 25 float parade prides itself on throwing keepsake throws like tridents, medallion beads, footballs, doubloons, and cups. If you love catching light-up items, this is a parade you will not want to miss!

Sunday | February 13, 2022 | Metairie

  • Krewe of Little RascalsCancelled – Even though our favorite long-running children’s parade is not rolling this year, I wanted to mention them anyway because they will be back! They are known for a number of collector’s items throws including anodized doubloons, trading cards, posters, and other specialized throws. Can’t wait to catch them again in 2023!

Sunday | February 13, 2022 | Pearl River

  • Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club1:00 pm – This 15 float krewe that is chock full of marching bands, dance teams, clubs, cheerleaders, churches, and community families will be tossing out all your favorite classic throws like beads, cups, flowers, etc.

Friday | February 18, 2022 |French Quarter

  • Krewe of Cork 3:00 pm – A wine-related walking parade (say no more!) that celebrates food, fun, and wine by handing out their signature grape-themed throws along their route and hand-decorated corks.

Friday | February 18, 2022 |Metairie

  • Krewe of Excalibur6:30 pm – A 20 float parade led by fully suited knights boasts signature hand-decorated wooden shields along with other krewe themed items as well.
  • Krewe of Symphony follows – This all-male krewe that focuses on celebrating the music, arts, culture, and uniqueness of New Orleans is sure to have some great themed throws this year.

Friday | February 18, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Oshun6:00 pm – Peacocks are the theme for this 18 float parade! Besides their handmade signature fans, catch peacock figures and mugs amongst tons of other traditional throws.
  • Krewe of Cleopatra 6:00 pm – The first super krewe to take the avenue during Mardi Gras, this all-women parade is known for throwing their signature glittered cups. With their theme “Cleopatra’s Greatest Hits” this year, expect some amazing music-themed creations to be handed out. Expect TONS of light-up items and collector items such as Cleo-themed medallion beads, pop sockets, bottle openers, slap bracelets, microphones, etc. The masked ladies will also be throwing numbered balloons that you can win prizes from by checking cleoprize.com. You will have the chance to win (2) 55″ 4k TVs, 10 children’s bikes, 20 children’s scooters, and 300 Cleopatra t-shirts. Look, I know I may be partial, but that is the coolest thing I have ever heard of. Find this New Orleans Mom, float 6, 4th on the driver’s side – I’d love to give you something special!
  • Krewe of Alla follows – One of the oldest krewes that were founded in Algiers, Alla is known for always having amazing finds! Beyond their signature hand-decorated genie lamps, they will be showering parade-goers with generous throws including an array of light-up items.

Friday | February 18, 2022 |Mandeville

  • Krewe of Eve7:00 pm – Ride out to the Northshore to catch all the light-up items that your heart desires! This all-female krewe has tons of collector throws from doubloons, fedoras, led footballs, fairy wings, head boppers, flower crowns, etc. This parade should not disappoint when it comes to good finds.

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Metairie

  • Magical Krewe of Mad Hatters 5:00 pm – This Alice in Wonderland themed parade throws their signature custom hats amongst other items in between 26 spectacular floats and unique marching groups.
  • Krewe of Centurions 6:30 pm – This 20 float, co-ed krewe with their family-friendly themes are best known for throwing hand-decorated swords to lucky recipients amongst traditional and light-up throws.

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Pontchartrain 1:00 pm – The 20 floats carrying 400+ members will be throwing off lots of cool signature throws this year including crawfish trays, plush items, fedoras, dog leashes, doubloons, basketballs, and the famous “grouper” items.
  • Krewe of Choctaw follows – Known for their hand-decorated tomahawks, Choctaw is a family-friendly krewe known for throwing lots of plush along with beads and all the classic trinkets.
  • Krewe of Freret follows – Don’t miss out on catching one of their beautifully decorated masks that they are known for throwing. This krewe also prides itself on using locally produced throws as well.
  • Knights of Sparta 5:30 pm – This all-male krewe throws collector medallion beads, doubloons, Spartan helmets, and other mystery throws that are new each year from 17 floats as they roll uptown.
  • Krewe of Pygmalion follows – Catch super cute hand-decorated piggies at this 25 float parade to close out the first Saturday of Mardi Gras!

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Slidell

  • Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne 10:00 am – Full disclosure: I am not sure what special throws you may find, but bring your pup out to this parade and catch a load of cuteness! This all-dog parade is sure to entertain no matter what you go home with.
  • Krewe of Titans 6:30 pm – Expect tons of customized logo throws like medallion beads, footballs, t-shirts, lighted tambourines, foam batons, and necklaces.

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Madisonville

  • Krewe of Tchefuncte 1:00 pm – This boat parade has a theme of “Disney Enchantment” this year, so it is sure to be stock full of fun throws for the kids. Stand on the shore & watch this unique parade go down the Tchefuncte River.

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Covington

  • Krewe of Olympia 6:00 pm – With 300+ riders amongst 21 floats, this all-male parade is sure to be throwing out all the best traditional throws mixed with custom logo items as well.

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Chalmette

  • Knights of Nemesis1:00 pm – This all-male krewe in the parish will be throwing swords, spears, Chee-weez, footballs, medallion beads, and cups along with beads and plush throws.

Saturday | February 19, 2022 |Abita Springs

  • Krewe of Push Mow 12:00 pm – Again, I have no clue what you are catching at this parade, BUT it is a parade of decorated push lawnmowers. I feel like this is definitely a bucket list parade I want to go to at least once!

Sunday | February 20, 2022 | French Quarter

  • Krewe of Barkus 2:00 pm – This all-dog parade through the French Quarter will provide you with an awesome experience if nothing else! With their pup loving themes and amazing costumes, catch the cuteness with this krewe.

Sunday | February 20, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans

  • The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale 11:00 am – This all-female krewe throws their signature bedazzled women’s compacts, symbolizing a constant inward and outward reflection. Known for their dance teams and with 20 floats, this parade is sure to deliver the throws.
  • Krewe of Carrollton follows – the 4th oldest krewe there is, they are always known for a good time! They throw their signature decorated shrimp boots, doubloons, specialty beads, and cups. This is one that I have always caught a lot at!
  • Krewe of King Arthur follows – with over 1750 riders and 50+ floats, King Arthur is the largest parade on the first weekend of Mardi Gras. Besides handing out their signature hand-decorated grails, expect to be showered in tons of other custom throws.

Wednesday | February 23, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Druids 6:15 pm – With their hidden identities and float-only parade, you are sure to find medallion beads, pearl beads, doubloons, and cups.
  • Krewe of Nyx 6:45 pm – This hot pink & black costumed all-women krewe is known for handing out their beloved glittered purses! Every girl can remember when they caught their first one. Get there early for the best spots & get ready to come home with lots of amazing throws.

Thursday | February 24, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans

  • Knights of Babylon 5:30 pm – Over 300 knights and 27 floats will be throwing their signature LED jesters on a stick to kick off Mardi Gras weekend.
  • Knights of Chaos follows – This satirical parade with 16 floats is sure to deliver a good time & lots of traditional Mardi Gras throws.
  • Krewe of Muses follows – This all-female krewe dazzles parade-goers every year with their glittery hand-painted shoes. My daughter still has the first shoe that she ever caught – a true New Orleans tradition. Expect to also receive logo items with custom artwork done by members of the community that are sure to be collector’s items. A do not miss if you are looking for one of the top items to come home with!

Friday | February 25, 2022 | French Quarter

  • Krewe of Bosom Buddies 11:30 am – Catch this walking krewe to catch a hand-painted bra from one of their lovely ladies.

Friday | February 25, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Hermes 5:30 pm – This all-male krewe with over 700 members hand out logo throws along with all the classics that you are looking for.
  • Krewe d’Etat 6:30 pm – While they keep the theme of this parade a secret every year, their walking skeletons will be handing out wooden doubloons and papers letting you know all the special things you can catch this year. Be sure to snag one of their signature blinking LED skulls!
  • Krewe of Morpheus 7:00 pm – This 800+ person krewe will be tossing out all their signature throws including LED beads, LED sleepy time hats, 3D cups, and plush sheep, moons, pillows, and bears. The most collected throw, their hand-decorated sleep masks are definitely something to look for! Known for being generous, Morpheus is one to not miss.

Friday | February 25, 2022 |Slidell

  • Krewe of Selene 6:30 pm – This all-female krewe throws beautiful hand-decorated purses, light-up items, and lots of specialty beads from their 17 floats through the streets of Slidell.

Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Iris 11:00 am – The ladies of Iris are known for their fun & unique throws, like hand-decorated sunglasses and king cake babies. The krewe also throws an array of beads, cups, doubloons, and Iris-themed items.
  • Krewe of Tucks 12:00 pm – This large parade with over 1800 members & 36 super-sized floats, is known to put on a party. Throwing their signature hand-decorated toilet brush wands & plungers into the crowd, this is a fun parade with great catches to bring home!

Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Westbank

  • Krewe of NOMTOC 10:45 am – One of the last parades to roll on the Westbank, this krewe is known for throwing their custom medallion beads, jug banks, and their signature Jug man dolls as they cruise the streets of Algiers.

Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Mid-City

  • Krewe of Endymion4:15 pm – The all-male super krewe will be back this year throwing all their best LED, plush, and custom items. It is said that Endymion showers parade-goers with over 15 million throws between Mid-City and the Superdome. Get there early, bring lots of bags with you, and be ready to catch more than you have ever caught before!

Saturday | February 26, 2022 | Kenner

  • Krewe of Isis 6:00 pm – Catch this all-female krewe in Kenner and be sure to try to snag one of their hand-decorated bras amongst other great throws.

Sunday | February 27, 2022 | Metairie

  • Krewe of Athena 5:30 pm – These ladies are known for tossing the most fabulously decorated fedoras and other custom items from their 20+ floats.

Sunday | February 27, 2022 | Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Okeanos 11:00 am – This krewe will be throwing custom medallion beads, bottle openers, plush hearts, beach buckets, doubloons, crawfish trays, frisbees, and other collectible items based on their theme for 2022 “Love Stories.”
  • Krewe of Mid-City 11:45 am – Known for the family-friendly themes and geared towards children, you are sure to catch all the best plush and coveted kids items at this parade.
  • Krewe of Thoth 12:00 pm – This krewe of 1900+ members throw things like 3d die-cut metallic necklaces, stuffed polar bears, and tons of specialized balloons from their 37 floats as they parade.
  • Krewe of Bacchus 5:15 pm – One of the largest parades in the city, this super krewe showers the crowd with various custom items every year including medallion beads, led items, doubloons, etc. Bring your bags & get a good spot, Bacchus is a don’t miss if you are looking for awesome throws.

Monday | February 28, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Proteus 5:15 pm – This Lundi Gras krewe has thrown out custom doubloons, plastic tridents, and beautiful long beads in the past from their 20 floats.
  • Krewe of Orpheus 6:00 pm – Always throwing collectible items, Orpheus is known for throwing many different doubloons & medallion beads. This year they announced that their signature throw is going to be tambourines. This is a don’t miss super krewe that you will be sure to walk away happy from!

Tuesday | March 1, 2022 |Metairie

  • Krewe of Argus 10:00 am – This family fun parade is known for specialty floats & custom throws. Load up on beads, plush, cups, flowers, and batons!
  • Krewe of Elks Jefferson follows – With over 50 truck floats and 2000 riders, make sure you bring bags for all the goodies you will catch.
  • Krewe of Jefferson follows – 3500 riders will be showering Metairie with throws from over 75 truck floats. Look for doubloons, cups, plush, and lots of beads!

Tuesday | March 1, 2022 |Uptown New Orleans

  • Krewe of Zulu 8:00 am – Hand-painted coconuts – need I say more? One of the most coveted catches of Mardi Gras, consider yourself lucky if you go home with one!
  • Krewe of Rex10:00 am – The King of Mardi Gras throws various custom collector’s items each year including medallion beads, doubloons, cups, plush.
  • Krewe of Elks Orleans follows – The largest truck float parade, you are sure to rack up on items from their 4500 members spanning over 120 decorated trucks.
  • Krewe of Crescent Cityfollows – The final parade of the day, 65 truck floats are sure to end Mardi Gras on a high note with all the traditional throws.

FAQs

What is the most prized throw of Mardi Gras? ›

Decorated Zulu coconuts are perhaps the most highly sought after throw of Mardi Gras. Only the luckiest and most determined will walk away with them. For safety reasons, coconuts are passed down from the floats rather than thrown.

What do the krewes throw to the crowds? ›

Most krewes have medallion beads that feature that year's theme. Other popular throws include cups (otherwise known as New Orleans dinnerware), long pearl beads and stuffed animals. Some throws even light up.

What Mardi Gras krewe throws purses? ›

For one Mardi Gras Krewe down in New Orleans, they throw coveted hand decorated purses to the crowds as special treasures. Each purse thrown from members of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx to the sea of people who come see their parade, is a special exchange between the rider and the person who catches it.

What is the best Mardi Gras krewe? ›

Best Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans
  • 01 of 08. Krewe of Muses. The Krewe of Muses. ...
  • 02 of 08. Le Krewe D'Etat. Le Krewe D'Etat. ...
  • 03 of 08. Krewe of Endymion. Krewe of Endymion. ...
  • 04 of 08. Krewe of Bacchus. ...
  • 05 of 08. Krewe of Proteus. ...
  • 06 of 08. Krewe of Orpheus. ...
  • 07 of 08. Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. ...
  • 08 of 08. Krewe of Rex.
8 Mar 2021

What do you throw out during a parade? ›

  • Parade sponsorships and participation are a great way to generate interest in your local business, non-profit, or group. ...
  • CUSTOMIZED CANDY. ...
  • BAGS FOR CANDY & GOODIES. ...
  • PINWHEELS. ...
  • SUNGLASSES. ...
  • FLAGS. ...
  • FANS. ...
  • BEAD NECKLACES.

What is a Zulu coconut? ›

Also among the most coveted of Mardi Gras parade “throws” are Zulu coconuts, the round, painted, glittery orbs thrown out by members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. One of the oldest traditionally African-American krewes, Zulu held its first parade in 1909.

What is the oldest known krewe? ›

The Mistick Krewe of Comus

Who are the three super krewes? ›

The three big Super Krewes of Carnival are Bacchus, Endymion, and Orpheus. They're marked by huge parades, celebrity guests, lavish floats, and extravagant throws.

What do bead necklaces mean in New Orleans? ›

They are often referred to as Mardi Gras throws and sometimes, the necklaces are also made with fake coins and cups. The beads are typically gold, green and purple – colours which, in Christianity, represent power, faith, and justice respectively.

What does the Krewe of Cleopatra throw? ›

Krewe of Cleopatra: Cups

Krewe of Cleopatra's signature throws are glittered Cleo Cups (wine glasses, goblets, tumblers, champagne flutes, etc.) Cleopatra rolls Friday, Feb.

What is the oldest African American krewe in New Orleans? ›

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the most recognizable Black, Mardi Gras carnival organization or krewe. This krewe is over 100 years old.

Do girls flash for beads in New Orleans? ›

No, most people get beads at parades just by waving their hands. We aren't going to say flashing doesn't happen, but it's not as prevalent as "Girls Gone Wild" would like you to think.

What is the best ward in New Orleans? ›

1. French Quarter. The French Quarter is the city's oldest and best-known neighborhood. Most visitors make a beeline to Bourbon Street, and many first-timers think the Quarter is nothing but a party.

What do you wear to a Bacchus ball? ›

If the invitation says black tie or formal

Some Carnival balls (Orpheuscapade, Bacchus, Endymion Extravaganza, Zulu Coronation Ball, for example) have black tie or formal on the invitation.

What is the leader of a parade called? ›

Parade grand marshals

A community grand marshal or other designations may be selected alongside a grand marshal to lead the front or other parts of the parade.

How many lbs of candy do you need for a parade? ›

Candy may be passed out along the parade route. Please make sure the candy reaches the sidewalk or have walkers pass it out. IMPORTANT ADVICE: To have enough candy for the whole parade route, you will need about 100 pounds and remember to save some for the downtown area.

Can anyone throw a parade in New Orleans? ›

While it's a little-known fact, it's actually quite simple to throw your very own second line parade in New Orleans, legally and complete with police escort and marching band. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps ahead of your visit.

What is the most wanted throw at the Zulu parade? ›

At the Zulu parades, the most sought after catch is the “Zulu coconut.” Coconuts were first thrown in 1910, in their natural (unpainted) form. The painted and decorated treasure, which has been a crowd favorite and a “must” catch on Mardi Gras day, originated in the 1940s.

Are pink coconuts real? ›

The pink hue that occurs through the oxidation can also vary, depending on the variety of coconuts used to supply the coconut water. It tends to happen in the coconut water from young coconuts (7-8 months old) more than older coconuts (9-10 months old).

Do Hawaiians eat coconuts? ›

Of course, coconut milk, coconut meat and coconut oil also became incorporated into the Hawaiian diet, and visitors can find plenty of dishes featuring the tasty nut.

What is the name of the all female Krewe? ›

The Krewe of Iris, formed in 1917, wouldn't take to the streets for its parade until decades after its founding, but when it did -- it would expand the Mardi Gras weekend for revelers in New Orleans.

Which Krewe no longer participates in parades Why? ›

Proteus: Founded in 1882 and making its debut with a Parade theme based on Egyptian mythology, the Krewe of Proteus is thus the second oldest Krewe in Carnival history. Proteus withdrew from the Parade schedule in 1992, at the same time as Comus and Momus and for the same reasons.

What is the oldest Carnival in the world? ›

Perhaps the oldest carnival in existence, Kukeri from eastern Europe dates back to Pagan times. Celebrated in Bulgaria, it is one of the oldest traditions of the region that could have originated over 6000 years ago and is held even today! The festivities are conducted between New Year's and Lent.

Is flashing in New Orleans legal? ›

Flashing

Contrary to popular belief, public nudity is illegal in New Orleans. (Many a bared breast does not a lawful act make.) You can be arrested for flashing, but you probably won't be disbarred for it because it's not a crime of moral turpitude, and it doesn't reflect on your propensity for truthfulness.

What is moms ball New Orleans? ›

Sometime back in 1974, the Mystic Krewe of Orphans and Misfits started a Mardi Gras party with classic American dance music whose only requirement to join was that you had to show up in full costume. Over the years, it has become the coolest party in town.

Why is it called krewe? ›

Krewes. This term for the New Orleans clubs that organize the Mardi Gras festivities was coined by The Mystick Krewe of Comus, the group that put on the first parade in the city with themed floats — the model for future parades — in 1857.

What does a black bead necklace mean? ›

Black beads are believed to symbolize the ability to hold onto hope in the face of adversity and also to be positive in unhappy times. By keeping hope and keeping the faith when the going gets tough, you think something great could come out of it.

What does wearing a beaded necklace mean? ›

Beads generally symbolize positive things including protection, union, growth, good luck, etc.

What does beads around the wrist mean? ›

Mala beads have a spiritual purpose and are typically associated with the practice of meditation. While there are important mala thread color meanings, the beads have meaning as well. Specifically, mala beads help to count mantras, prayers, intentions, or affirmations in Japa Meditation.

What does the Nyx parade throw? ›

Their signature throw is a hand-decorated purse.

Why shouldn't you pick up beads in New Orleans? ›

Catch them in the air instead!

But this is actually frowned upon among locals. Picking up beads from the floor is considered bad luck in New Orleans. The streets also get rather unsanitary during Carnival season. So, practise your reflexes by catching the beads while they're still in the air.

How much does it cost to join Krewe of Cleopatra? ›

To apply for Krewe membership you must first complete the form below (NEW MEMBER APPLICATION). On submission of this form you will be redirected to a secure Paypal payment page where you may make the $50.00 application fee payment.

What is a Zulu tramp? ›

Zulu claims that its origins date to 1909, when a group of the original founders, who were mostly working men and laborers, paraded as a social club called the Tramps. According to Zulu history, the Tramps dressed in ragged trousers and paraded on foot to the music of a jubilee singing quartet.

What is the Zulu Ball? ›

The Zulu Coronation Ball is the largest, open to the public (some others are invitation-only), Mardi Gras ball servicing the African American community. The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Inc., is the everyman club.

What does Zulu mean in New Orleans? ›

Most New Orleans residents know Zulu as a parading organization. But few realize that Zulu is a social aid and pleasure club in the mold of the countless African-American benevolent associations that have provided essential social services, such as funeral costs, for members since the 19th century.

Should I bring beads to New Orleans? ›

If you're coming to town for the first time, don't buy beads. There are many parades were you will have the opportunity to catch some beads and we promise that you will not go home empty handed. You will catch so many beads you'll be able to pass them out to friends and family back home.

What are New Orleans beads called? ›

The beads, or “throws” as we call them, having been passed out since the 1920s when Rex and a few other krewes began handing out tiny trinkets to the parade followers. The original Mardi Gras beads were made from glass. Occasionally, if you're lucky, you can still catch a krewe throwing one of these vintage beads.

Why do they grease poles in New Orleans? ›

Greasing of the Poles is considered by many to be the French Quarter's official kickoff to Mardi Gras weekend. Royal Sonesta New Orleans originated the ritual of greasing the building's support poles as a practical means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to the coveted balcony space.

Why do krewe members wear masks? ›

Masking became a tradition because, during early Carnivals, people put on masks to be able to mingle outside their class and keep their reputation untarnished. Float riders are required to wear masks by law in keeping with the mystery and tradition, and many krewes never reveal who their king or queen is.

Who is the King of Carnival in New Orleans? ›

NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday, the Rex Organization unveiled the names of the King and Queen of Carnival for 2022. Rex is James Reiss III and the Queen of Carnival is Elinor Pitot White. They have the honor of reigning over a very special parade on Mardi Gras for Rex's 150th anniversary.

How much does it cost to ride in the Endymion parade? ›

$80.00. The Krewe of Endymion brings a Mardi Gras extravaganza to the biggest crowds of the season. Taking its name from the god of fertility, Endymion features the grandest of floats, the most plentiful of throws and a celebrity Grand Marshall.

What is the safest place to live in New Orleans? ›

Below are the five safest, most affordable neighborhoods in New Orleans to check out if you're hoping to call this city home!
  • Central Business District.
  • Freret.
  • Gentilly Terrace.
  • Old Aurora.
  • West End.
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What is the safest place to stay in New Orleans? ›

The best areas to stay in New Orleans for first-timers are the neighborhoods of French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Downtown, Marigny and Bywater, Lakeview and Mid-City, Uptown, Garden District, and Faubourg Treme.

What is the nicest suburb of New Orleans? ›

If you're looking for a home near the Big Easy, these New Orleans suburbs are the best of the best.
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  • Harahan.
  • Boutte.
  • Elmwood.
  • Belle Chasse.
  • Metairie.
  • Abita Springs.
  • Covington.
  • Mandeville (tie)

Can you wear jeans to a luau? ›

We suggest a light jacket and comfortable shoes with casual Aloha attire, i.e. a casual Aloha shirt and jeans or shorts.

Can you wear white to a ball? ›

Well, except one color. Many debutante balls require the debutantes to wear white gowns (some even require a full skirt). Even though there's not a written rule against guests wearing white dresses, much like one wouldn't wear a white dress to a wedding, skip the white attire for this occasion too.

What should you not wear to a cotillion? ›

No pants, shorts, pant suits, bare midriff, low cut back (no lower than the bra line), slip dresses, rompers or dresses that are too short, tight, bodycon or revealing. No cut out below the bra line even if covered by mesh or lace. Hemlines must extend BEYOND the fingertips.

What does the Krewe of Nyx throw? ›

Their signature throw is the hand-decorated Nyx purse. The Krewe of Nyx typically parades on the St. Charles Parade route the Wednesday night before Mardi Gras.

What does krewe of Thoth throw? ›

Now with over 1900 riders and 39 floats, Thoth continues with a unique route designed to pass in front of Children's Hospital and several extended healthcare facilities. Among Thoth's throws are 3D die-cut metalic necklaces, 6" stuffed polar bears and many varieties of specialized doubloons.

What is the oldest African American krewe? ›

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the most recognizable Black, Mardi Gras carnival organization or krewe. This krewe is over 100 years old. Founded in 1909, the Zulu krewe was created due to the carnival parades in the city being segregated.

How much does it cost to join the Krewe of Endymion? ›

To apply for Krewe membership you must first complete the form below (NEW MEMBER APPLICATION). On submission of this form you will be redirected to a secure Paypal payment page where you may make the $50.00 application fee payment.

What does Krewe de Canailles mean? ›

Krewe de Canailles is a walking parade composed of individual krewes. Any group of people can pull together to create a krewe. The only rules are your floats have to be human-powered and your throws handmade and eco-friendly. No plastic beads at this parade. No barricades.

Why do they throw beads in New Orleans? ›

But the practice of throwing beads at Mardi Gras was inspired by Renaissance festivals that took place before Lent, where revelers would toss things into the air in celebration of the coming fast.

Why is it called a Krewe? ›

Krewes. This term for the New Orleans clubs that organize the Mardi Gras festivities was coined by The Mystick Krewe of Comus, the group that put on the first parade in the city with themed floats — the model for future parades — in 1857.

Why do Krewe members wear masks? ›

Masking became a tradition because, during early Carnivals, people put on masks to be able to mingle outside their class and keep their reputation untarnished. Float riders are required to wear masks by law in keeping with the mystery and tradition, and many krewes never reveal who their king or queen is.

How much does it cost to ride in Nyx parade? ›

Controversial Krewe of Nyx plans to roll as usual

The leadership of the all-female organization has applied for a 2022 parade permit, crowned its next parade queen, and is seeking women over the age of 18 to ride in the procession at a cost of $675.

Is Nyx still a Krewe? ›

The Krewe of NYX was once the largest women's krewe in New Orleans. Now membership has dwindled to a mere 240 members.

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