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It’s the new face of loot!


When I was a kid, float riders carried all their throws in big cardboard boxes that, when emptied, were simply ejected onto the street. It’s hard to get excited about catching an empty box.

Someone has since had the brilliant idea of making a souvenir out of the throw container. Once the rider throws all the stuff from the bag, out goes the bag into the arms of some lucky Mardi Gras celebrant who now has not only a kick-ass place to put their stuff but also a memento of the parade, float number, and, in some cases, the float rider him/herself.

As you can see from the labels, this bag came off Orpheus’s float 4. It was assigned to James Lavelle (what a great New Orleans name!), it contained ten dozen 72-inch strings of round pink beads, and it weighed 29 pounds when full. In the photo above, I would wager that it contains, and weighs, somewhat more than that. I should know. I carried it from the Lafayette Hotel over to Poydras and then biked to the Superdome with it hanging off my left handlebar.


I have no idea what “PGG” stands for.

3 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 5:47 am

    The beads weren’t just pink ones–there were Purple, Green and Gold ones in there too. (PGG)

  2. Kapaali (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    PGG stands for purple, green, gold. The company I work for was the first to begin manufacturing the bags after Orleans parish banned boxes on floats because they created too much trash on the parade route. The crown on the bag was drawn by Danny Frolich.

  3. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

    Squawk! Purple, green, and gold–of course! I’m such a ditz. Y’all rock. Thank you.

    I’m not surprised to hear that the artwork on this bag came from Danny Frolich’s pen. I remember seeing his signature on Mardi Gras cups going way back.

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