Throw Me Somthing, Mister!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Between the Saints winning the Super Bowl and now Mardi Gras, these old beads I collected at the various Mardi Gras parades have gotten a lot of use recently! Mardi Gras, or Carnaval, is celebrated here in the Netherlands, although primarily in the southern Brabant region (the southern part of the country), with one of the big celebrations taking place in Maastricht, as well as in Eindhoven and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, among others. Although I haven’t experienced a Dutch Carnaval yet, from what I understand, it’s not that different from the New Orleans Mardi Gras with which I’m familiar. People dress up in costumes, there are parades, and generally it’s one big party. Having experienced the New Orleans version, someday I’d like to experience the Dutch version (and the Venetian and Brazilian versions, despite the massive crowds).

If you follow the religious aspect of this holiday and are giving something up for Lent, make the most of this fat Tuesday and enjoy yourself! Me, I’ll be noshing on chocolate eggs until Easter.

19 thoughts on “Throw Me Somthing, Mister!

  1. Thank you for the blog links. I’ve never been to be to the New Orleans Mardi Gras, but I can say that I’m glad no one takes their shirts off in Maastricht. Probably because it has been snowing all weekend. πŸ˜‰

    • Yeah, I suspect with this weather, the beads would have to be really really good! πŸ˜‰ Although I gather it’s a bit chilly in New Orleans this morning, too. It was cold and rainy my last year there, but at least we didn’t have to deal with snow! Loved your costumes, by the way.

  2. Fantastic! I’d like to see the Mardi Gras and know more what it is about … I’ve seen the Brazilian, and it’s really spectacular!
    I was just yesterday reading about the Carnival here in NL and it’s two versions, “Rijnlands” and “Bourgondisch”- really interesting to know about the differences.
    I love those beads! How do you come by them during the Mardi Gras? Are they thrown to the crowd by the paraders?

    • I didn’t know the Rijnlands and Bourgondisch terms, so I went and looked them up. Thanks! Always great to learn more details!

      The beads from the New Orleans Mardi Gras are usually thrown from the floats in the parades. There are smaller parades that start two weeks or more before Mardi Gras, but then the biggest parades are the weekend before and of course, on the actual Tuesday. They throw the beads primarily, but also doubloons, plastic cups, and various other odds and ends. It has become a common chant for the people in the crowd to yell, “Throw me something, mister!” It’s no where near as glamorous as Carnival in Brazil, but it’s still a fun experience.

  3. I’ve never been to Carnival here either. I keep meaning to because I want to take photos but I often go… EWW CROWDS and then stay home haha

    • I really didn’t know it was that big of a deal until this year, so I wouldn’t mind trying to go next year if the weather isn’t too bad. But yeah, I’m not a fan of crowds, either.

  4. We have been to the Dutch carnival last year, it was a unique experience. I simply love the wonderful colors in the carnival though not sure if I will be visiting again. I love your shot of the beads. Nice work

    • I figure things like this are good to experience at least once. If you enjoy it, great, you can go back again. If not, at least you’ve had the experience! I’m impressed with some of the costumes I’ve seen in everyone’s photos. I’d love to see it all in person.

  5. Pingback: Alaaf! Recapping Maastricht’s Carnival 2010 « Maastricht Minutiae

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