Mardi Gras parades are all about the beads. It's not uncommon for people to leave the parades with huge wads of beads around their necks. This photo was taken at the Fat Tuesday parade in Galveston last week. This woman was on one of the floats throwing out beads. Strands hang inside the floats, and they are thrown to revelers along the parade route. Taking photos is somewhat dangerous. You're looking through a viewfinder and not really paying attention to the beads, frisbees, cups, and dubloons that come flying at you.