Yesterday I was zipping around town on my bike when I saw a little collection of very unassuming Mardi Gras beads on the ground. They were laid out in the colors of Carnival– purple, green and gold across a section of the road paved more heavily with shells than asphalt.
Then I noticed another set of nondescript little beads, just a few feet from the first.
And what was this – more little beads?
Now mind you, this is nothing like what you’d see in the street after a genuine full blown Mardi Gras parade. This was more like the detritus left by a couple of kids with a wagon playing at parading.
Or maybe the beads came from an event at the bar on the corner. Who knows?
What’s interesting is that these beads are kind of old school. Not big, not pearly, not metallic, not flashing. These are the kinds of beads that were thrown during parades maybe fifteen years ago. Beads like this don’t get much attention anymore. People want big, shiny long strands of beads that you don’t have to unclip to put around your neck. They want something with a giant medallion, or something that lights up.
I guess I’ll never know the origin of the mysterious Mardi Gras beads in the street, but I really like the way they turned out in my photographs, getting the attention they no longer receive during modern parades.