Mardi Gras History
The throwing of beads and trinkets.
The throwing of trinkets and candy from
floats evolved from the practice of throwing sugar coated almonds
called "Dragee" into the crowd. This trinkets throwing
started in the early 1870's by the Twelfth Night Revelers, and
is a time-honored expectation for young and old alike. In 1884,
The Krewe of Rex started using medallions instead of trinkets.
These medallions are today's doubloons. Today doubloons are aluminum
and anodized in many different colors. They depict the parade
theme on one side and the Krewe's emblem on the other. If you're
lucky enough to catch one, hold onto it - they have become collectors'
items. Be warned! If you're at your first parade and reach down
to pick up a doubloon with your hand, your fingers may never be
the same! It is an accepted practice by many to stomp on doubloons
to claim them. Other popular throws include garters and bikini
underwear (yes, that's what I said!), long pearl beads, mug, cups,
footballs and stuffed animals.