Mardi Gras beads and necklaces are known by insiders as 'throws.' If you guessed it is because parade krewes throw them to spectators, you are correct. Mardi Gras parades started as early as the 1830s but thrown Mardi Gras beads and necklaces didn't start until almost 100 years later by a Rex Krewe. The Rex Krewe features the King of the Carnival so to get beads from Rex is quite an honor and makes a fantastic souvenir from Mardi Gras. But then again, the goal isn't from who, but how many.
The traditional plea to receive some Mardi Gras beads is throw me something, mister! Contrary to popular belief, that is all it takes. You might not get as many as those who do something inappropriate but you'll have just as much fun. Mardi Gras beads and necklaces come in all colors and shapes. Most of the styles are long so you can easily put them over your head.If you want to be very traditional, choose Mardi Gras beads in purple, green and gold.