Mardi Gras Trinkets

Revelers, bedecked with colorful garlands and beads, join the festivities during the Mardi Gras in the historic French neighborhood of Soulard, St. Louis. 

Mardi gras, which means "Fat Tuesday" in French, is a celebration done before the advent of Lent (which starts on Ash Wednesday). Colorful trinkets - such as necklaces of beads and garlands and known as Mardi gras throws - are given or thrown out to the spectators from the floats and houses during the celebration, moreso if women bare their bosoms. I had fun collecting loads of bead necklaces, but without baring anything (as it was just the end of winter and too cold out). 

by Kin Enriquez


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