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.
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. The tradition of beads of necklaces has brought colour to proceedings and sees women flash their breasts in exchange for jewellery. Wild pics have emerged from this year showing revellers flashing their breasts for beads on the infamous Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. One Russian lass posted a video on Instagram of herself throwing beads down from a balcony as women flash at her.
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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. By the early s, it had become common for both men and women to flash their boobs, butts, and sometimes even genitals for beads on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.