Throw Beads for All Occasions

Throw Beads for All Occasions

Beads for Throwing - party supplies for All Occasions

Along the Gulf Coast, it's Mardi Gras 24/7... 365 days a year!

Throw Beads are not just for Mardi Gras, they are also are for Birthdays, Football Games, Special Events, Christmas Parades, St. Patrick's Day - you name it, we got it or can have it made! You can throw beads for just about any occasion. 

Why a 'throw bead'?

We make many types of beads. Specialty throw beads we mold for krewes to give as parade favors and we make fine hand strung beads for adorning one's self and giving to others as Mardi Gras and Party Favors. And then there are the inexpensive throw beads that krewes and organizations throw by the cases while celebrating Mardi Gras or Holidays along the parade routes. Throw beads are machine made meaning each strand is molded onto a thread and fused together in many lengths. These machine-made throw beads come in various sizes and are measured in millimeters. We normally list our beads in this manner: bead size/length. 

Why do we throw beads?

Historians tell us bead throwing during Mardi Gras started from inspirations of long ago, from the many influences as chronicled from findings such as one found in Egypt where tokens were handed out in hopes of a happy afterlife. These and other forms of tokens represent wealth, health and prosperity we humans strive for now and from centuries past. Pagan rituals had people throwing grains into fields during pre-winter celebrations to appease gods in hopes of better crops. The symbolic wearing of strands of ‘grains on thread’ during medieval European festivals inspired the later Renaissance practice of tossing these ‘strands of grain beads’ into the air for celebratory revelry.

It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that people started throwing favors to the crowds during Mardi Gras and it was around the 1880’s when, at the time, inexpensive glass beads were the popular throw enticing the crowds. Strands of glass beads became the rage and catching them became a popular crowd pleaser for the krewes. With progression of industry and trade came about a more efficient production of a bead made of plastic. This occurred during the 1960s and often caused a heighten desire or ‘bead lust’, meaning a penchant for shiny objects. This yearning induces a reverie in which arms and hands wave wildly to the riders in hopes of catching one, two or a handful of plastic shiny attire. 

Today we throw beads as favors not only to the masses during Mardi Gras, but at sporting events, second line celebrations, holiday parades, during concerts, and many other gatherings large and small.  We also more selectively hand these out as tokens for various reasons at nursing homes, hospitals, corporate events and even small business affairs. 

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