Skip navigation! Story from Body. Specifically, you might think about women flashing their boobs in exchange for Mardi Gras beads. There are a few different origin stories for this behavior. Soon, he says, nudists began enticing would-be flashers with the promise of beads as a reward.
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The wild bash in the southern US city started as a Christian holiday of excess before the lean period of Lent. But it has transformed into such a huge party that religious protesters target the event with banners condemning the debauchery. Mardi Gras, French for Shrove Tuesday, is traditionally held the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday but in New Orleans it has become a three-week party of colour, extravagant costumes and nudity. Floats drive through the streets on numerous parades and the final one was held on Shrove Tuesday earlier this week.
To the delight of thousands watching, the larger-than-life party parade packed streets as revellers in outrageous feathered costumes and heavily painted faces weaved their way through the French Quarter. Mardi Gras had a chilly start on "Fat Tuesday", which marked the final day of the season. The iconic parade put on an eye-catching show as some revellers dressed up as "blind referees" poking fun at the NFL. Everyone's filled with love. Everyone gets along. Everyone helps each other. Celebrations for Mardi Gras in America are most famous in New Orleans , where it is the conclusion of weeks of parades that kick off in January. New Orleans was established in , and Mardi Gras was celebrated openly back then, but not with the same type of parades people enjoy today. By the late s, though, New Orleans was hosting street processions of masked people, with carriages and horseback riders. By law, float riders must always have a mask on.
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