Mardi Gras beads are the most familiar item for a ‘throw‘. Parade participants from floats throw trinkets or other items to by standers and onlookers during the parade. Some of the items are cups, beads, medallions or coins known as doubloons. Some people have competitions at Mardi Gras to see who can collect the most throws and bring large shopping bags to stuff and carry home. The exciting party atmosphere causes normally law-abiding citizens to engage in questionable behavior in order to obtain extra beads. This is not required and may land you in jail if witnessed by local law enforcement. The proper etiquette for getting a beads or any other item is to yell, ‘Throw me something mister!!!’ loud enough to be heard.