Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mardi Gras beads grow on trees

            Drive through most South Louisiana towns and look up. You’ll see a plethora of Mardi Gras beads hanging from tree boughs.
            They grow on our trees down here, which is where we get the beads to throw off Mardi Gras floats during Carnival season. You didn’t think we bought them from China, did you?           
            They’re particularly harvested off our massive live oak trees that spread out over the parade routes. We find all kinds, too, and not just those little cheapy beads we want to throw back at float riders. Those grow on shrubbery.
            What? You’re saying the beads get caught in the trees after being thrown off Mardi Gras floats and stay there all year long? I don’t think so.

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