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The Six People You Meet During Mardi Gras

Mardi gras jester's mask with beads on a black background
Michael Flippo

The people in Louisiana are some of the greatest people you will ever meet, but the people you meet in Louisiana on Mardi Gras day, well, that’s a different story.

Now, I’m not saying that the people you meet on Mardi Gras day are bad in any way, they are just … special. Yes, special. That is the perfect word to describe them because it’s these people that make Mardi Gras a one of a kind experience.

Pretty Woman Holding Mask
Bariscan Celik


The Fat Tuesday Basic Chick



This girl has the art of Mardi Gras-ing down and she looks cute while doing it. She’s most likely wearing the classic green, purple and gold collard shirt, just enough beads to look festive, and a sequined headband. With a daiquiri in her hand and squad by her side, she is ready for anything Fat Tuesday might throw her way, including beads.


drunk man lying


The 10 a.m. Drunk Dude



Everyone knows this guy, but not everyone sees this guy, because he will probably pass out before the first parade starts. His love to Party Gras is his own downfall. He probably partied a little too hard and is completely wasted by 10 a.m. Whether he is still drunk from the Lundi Gras party the night before or he decided to drink beer with his breakfast, he forgot the golden rule of Mardi Gras — it’s a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself!




The Bead Snatcher



Beads. That’s the only thing on this woman’s mind. Seriously, she will do anything for beads except show her goodies, if you know what I mean. She will scream “Throw me something, mister!” until her voice is hoarse. She will push kids out of the way. She will take beads off the ground. She might even give you a nice “Screw you!” if you don’t chuck beads her way. And you can bet that by the end of the day she will post a picture in all her beaded glory on Facebook with the hashtag #BeadAndBoujee


Father with daughter on shoulders at carnival


The Family Man



The Family Man. This is the dad everyone loves to see. He probably has a little one sitting on his shoulders and every bead that comes his way he catches for his kids. He’s pointing out The Bead Snatchers and Drunk by 10 a.m. Dudes to his kids and telling them to never be those people. The Family Man is teaching his kids how to Mardi Gras the right way.


girl and her hand unbuttoning a bra


The Flasher



If you’re on Bourbon Street you’ll see this chick every five feet, but if you’re in any other city during Mardi Gras she’ll be a little harder to spot. And if you do spot her, give her a disapproving look. If you aren’t in New Orleans, it’s not cool to show the goodies. I mean, there are kids around! Keep it in your shirt.


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The Cajun Cook



You know this guy and you love this guy! He’s the one too busy boiling crawfish and grilling boudin to even see the parade pass by. But by the time your 2 p.m. buzz kicks in you’ll do anything to be this guy’s best friend. There’s nothing like a big piece of boudin to cure the daiquiri-induced munchies. This dude is pretty much the only reason why you don’t want to die in hangover misery on Wednesday. The Cajun Cook proves that not all heroes wear capes.


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