Mardi Gras Beads, Necklaces & Throws

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    Metallic Green Bead Necklace 30in Plastic Necklace
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    Big Mardi Gras Bead Necklace 46in Plastic Necklace
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    Giant Mardi Gras Bead Necklace 55in Plastic Necklace
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    Giant Fleur-de-Lis Mardi Gras Bead Necklace 60in Plastic Necklace
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    Mardi Gras Pom-Pom Bead Necklace 31in Fabric & Plastic Necklace
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    Coin Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces 6ct 42in Plastic Necklaces
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    Fleur-de-Lis Mardi Gras Bead Bracelets 4ct 2 1/2in Plastic Bracelets
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    Comedy & Tragedy Mask Mardi Gras Pendant Bead Necklaces 3ct 42in Plastic Necklaces
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    Royal Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces 3ct 33in Plastic Necklaces
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    Jumbo Fleur-de-Lis Mardi Gras Bead Necklace 40in Plastic Necklace
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    Light-Up Fleur-de-Lis Mardi Gras Pendant Bead Necklace 36in Plastic Necklace
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    Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces 24ct 30in Plastic Necklaces
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    Metallic Purple Bead Necklaces 8ct 30in Plastic Necklaces
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    Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces 8ct 30in Plastic Necklaces
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    Purple Whistle Necklace 36in Plastic Necklace
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    Metallic Purple Bead Necklaces 50ct 30in Plastic Necklaces
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    Purple Disco Bead Necklaces 3ct 48in Plastic Necklaces
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    Metallic Purple Bead Necklaces 100ct
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    Purple Clacker Necklace 35in Plastic Necklace
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    Purple Tie Bead Necklace 24in Plastic Necklace
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    Green Bead Necklaces 24ct 30in Plastic Necklaces
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    Gold Shot Glass Bead Necklace 34in Plastic Necklace
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    Mardi Gras Shot Glass Necklace 32in Plastic Necklace
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    Coin Medallion Mardi Gras Bead Necklace 32in Plastic Necklace
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Mardi Gras Beads, Necklaces & Throws for the Bash

You're hosting a respectable Mardi Gras party, right? Where guests don't have to earn their beads?

Or maybe they do. How you observe Mardi Gras is entirely up to you. Our business at Party City is to provide you with the means to celebrate as you see fit. In this case, we're talking about the Mardi Gras beads that drive so many frenzied revelers to sometimes dubious decisions.

Mardi Gras Beads: The Elevator Pitch

Here you'll find bucketfuls of Mardi Gras beads and necklaces in purple, green, and brilliant gold — long and short strands, plain and fancy, all value-priced for party giveaways. 

Who knew there were so many kinds of Mardi Gras beads? Not just the standard gold, purple, and green mini-beads strung in closed strands, but jumbo beads, beads with fleur-de-lis pendants, novelty beads, and more. They manifest themselves in a variety of shapes and finishes, including standard round and oval plastic, metallic beads, star beads, and twisted bead strands.

Party guests can achieve one-of-a-kind looks by layering plain beads with fancy beads featuring brilliant baubles, exotic textures, and themed medallions. The spirit of the French Quarter pervades your home! Whether you plan to wear the beads, offer them as favors to your guests, or pitch them to the crowd as you walk or drive the imaginary parade route, you don't want to be caught short.

A Brief Unauthorized History of Mardi Gras Beads & Throws

The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place sometime in the 1830s. Let's pause a moment to paint a picture of what that was like. Andrew Jackson was the US president. Louisiana and Missouri were the westernmost points on the US map. New Orleans was still very much a French city in every sense except geography. There were no motorized floats to break down along the parade route, and spring break had yet to be discovered in American universities, which, by extrapolation, extended only as far as Louisiana. Party City would like to say that we were there from the beginning, but we appeared much later, riding on the coattails of Mardi Gras, so to speak.

Almonds were the original Mardi Gras throws. Sometime during the late 1800s, parade krewes got the bright idea of tossing glass beads necklaces to the crowd along the route. The beads were hit and continue to be the throw of choice to this day. City residents and tourists began to collect as many beads as possible and drape them around their necks in a slightly weird game of one-upmanship.

In the 70s, the Zulu krewe began distributing coconuts along the parade route. The practice quickly ended due to fears of liability if spectators were tempted to heave coconuts at each other (shades of the Santa snowball incident in Philadelphia), but the "coconut bill" of 1988 removed all liability for handing out coconuts. Today, you're free to add coconuts to your arsenal of throws, but if you purchase them from Party City, they'll probably be be plastic, and you'll find them only in the luau section of our site. A drinking straw will be included.

Mardi Gras Beads: A Q&A

Q. I see you sell both Mardi Gras beads and throws. Is there a difference?

A. Yes. Beads become throws when they're tossed to the crowd (or party guests). But there's more to throws than just beads. Favors, trinkets, candy, and wrapped food items can be part of the Mardi Gras throw galaxy.

Q. You also carry Mardi Gras necklaces. Isn't this just another term for beads?

A. Not necessarily. While our necklaces do contain beads, they contain other things as well: shot glasses, pendants, flashing novelty decorations, and so on. Beads, on the other hand, are simply strings of plastic beads in Mardi Gras colors. The beads do come in a variety of sizes and shapes, which we, at Party City, find pretty exciting.

Q. Is there anything special about Mardi Gras beads? I surf PartyCity.com as a hobby and have noticed beads all over the site.

A. Mardi Gras beads, always, ALWAYS feature the colors purple, green, and gold. According to tradition, purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold is power. If you believe deep down this is true, donning a string of Mardi Gras beads should confer the power of a religious superhero.

Q. My grandmother promises to "earn" her beads at the Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans. How can I prevent this?

A. You're lucky to have such a vivacious grandmother. Party City takes no official position on family matters, but if you'd like to keep granny out of the news, we suggest that you host your own Mardi Gras party in a controlled environment. Designate your grandma as the carnival queen so that she can't refuse your invitation, at least not gracefully.

Q. I'm hosting a local Mardi Gras festival and would like to purchase Mardi Gras beads in bulk. How can I do this on PartyCity.com?

A. We offer beads in large counts at a discounted rate. This is tantamount to buying in bulk. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to use the word, "tantamount."