Nope, those are just beads coming down from the balconies above the streets in the French Quarter.
In the decadent style of New Orleans, beads are the currency that will get you almost anything you need. I have seen them traded for flashing, beer, money, and all sorts of other activities.
Here in the picture, Jason and party goers look up to see who threw the beads down from the balcony as they were blindsided!!
If you're going to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you'd better train for it.
That's right - TRAIN for it like your life depends on it. Start pulling all-nighters. Drink shot after shot. Don't be afraid to mix your alcohol and for sure, drink until you can't see straight any more.
You don't take on a Mardi Gras without adequate preparation. You'd be a fool to think you can survive it any other way.
On the final day of Mardi Gras, it's over at 12:00 midnight, no questions asked. Here's a picture of the police and all the trucks clearing the streets. So when you are wasted on Fat Tuesday, keep in mind it's soon time to leave!
If you’ve got to drain the main vain at Mardi Gras, you can just *** on the street. Hey, when in Rome do as the Romans! Watch out of cops though. If you’re not careful people will urinate right on you. It happens more than you would like to know at Mardi Gras. For the more sensible, you will have a hard time finding a place that will take pity on you and let you use their restroom for free. You’re gonna have to pony and buy something and that goes for McDonalds as well. They have someone guarding the door to the bathroom and charging people to enter.