One of the best things about Mardi Gras is all of the trinkets you can get by just going to one parade. The parades are put together by Krewes which are social groups that practice and celebrate all of the traditions of Mardi Gras. Every year a King and Queen is selected to reign over the Krewe for the parade and Mardi Gras ball.
A few things you can rack up on when you go to a parade are pictured above. Doubloons are aluminum coins with an imprint of the Krewe's logo or crest on them. These come in so many different colors and designs.
Cups are thrown from floats. These are also designed with the Krewe's logo on them or they come in different Mardi Gras colors. Another unique throw is painted coconuts. These are only thrown in New Orleans for the Krewe of Zulu parade. They're very creativeAnd of course Mardi Gras beads. There are so many different types of beads. They come in all shapes and sizes. If there is a certain theme you enjoy I'm sure there is a Mardi Gras bead that reflects that theme. Beads are the most prized possessions during Mardi Gras. The bigger and shinier, the better!