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Mr_M's avatar

Ladies, would you ever lift up your shirt in exchange for beads at Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

Asked by Mr_M (7563 points ) February 24th, 2009

I understand that the celebration includes this sort of thing and I am surprised at the extent women do it. Would you? Have you?

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eponymoushipster's avatar

As an aside, if you are willing, please post links to pictures of you doing this.

EmpressPixie's avatar

No. I lived there for many, many years and never did and never would. It’s stupid and it’s not like you won’t get so many beads you can’t carry them all anyway, so why bother?

dynamicduo's avatar

If I was really drunk, and with friends who would also do it, yes I would. Without alcohol though I’d be too shy.

Breasts are breasts. I’ve lived with em for all my life. They’re nothing super special to me, just another piece of flesh that comprises my body. In consideration of the meaning of the holiday, a massive fun celebration, it’s great to add to the festive mood by showing boobs and getting beads in return. I’d only keep the prettiest string of beads for when I went home, but I’d wear the beads all night to demonstrate my festive mood. It’s just some casual, harmless fun.

Dog's avatar

I believe booze may be involved- along with the ” what happens here stays here” philosophy.

jonsblond's avatar

Boobs for beads? No way.

jamzzy's avatar

dreams.

Vinifera7's avatar

@jonsblond
Oh come on. It’s not like you are giving away your boobs for good. You’re just showing them. If I was a chick, I would definately do it.

jonsblond's avatar

@Vinifera7 I’d enjoy a day at a nude beach before lifting my shirt in front of a bunch of drunks on the street. The only drunk to see my boobs is my husband. ;)

KrystaElyse's avatar

Been there, done that.

Juuuust kidding! I’d really love to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans one year though.

kevbo's avatar

Is that the dynamic duo?

elijah's avatar

I would have no problem doing it, as long as there aren’t kids around. I can’t imagine any parent taking kids out when everyone is drunk and rowdy.
I’ve never been to New Orleans, but if I was there I would definately want to take full advantage of the experience.

augustlan's avatar

If I went, I would do it. Once in a lifetime event.

Emdean1's avatar

I have done it. My boyfriend told me too, its all in good fun! They are just Boobs after all! not like I am pullin my pants down or anything.

kevbo's avatar

@Emdean1, they do that too down there.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@elijahsuicide: The kids are definitely there. I mean, it depends on which parade route you go to, but it’s not like we have school then. A lot of parents take their kids to Disney or whatever, but if you stay in the city you normally go. What else are you going to do that day? Everything else is closed. So, like, families generally go to a more family friendly route, but there are definitely kids all over the place. And even the family friendly routes are full of people who are drunk and rowdy. Just usually less crammed in.

dynamicduo's avatar

Hahahaha, I love it kevbo! “dynamicduo” is twofold: one, the 60s Batman was super awesome; and two, I have pet lizards who often stack on each other and make dynamic poses so it’s their nickname too. :)

Emdean1's avatar

I neglected to say that I have never been to Mardi Gras.
It usually happens at the Christmas in July Celibration in Put-N-Bay, Ohio. The first time was my Senior trip to Panama City with my girls.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Um, also let’s remember it’s illegal in New Orleans. Every few years they talk about how they are going to crack down at Mardi Gras this year.

Mr_M's avatar

@Emdean1 , at a “Christmas in July” Celebration??? You must be the only one who does it at a “Christmas in July” celebration! I bet the kiddies just LOVE you!!!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@Emdean1 Your BF TOLD you to??? Some boy friend!

I’d never do it. I respect myself too much. I’m with jonsblond. That stays at home.

elijah's avatar

@EmpressPixie yeah I just assumed things stayed a little tamer during the day, more family friendly. I would think parents would take their kids home early and that’s when the party really gets crazy, later in the day.
But like I said I’ve never been there, and I guess my assumptions are completely wrong.

elijah's avatar

@jbfletcherfan I respect myself too, please don’t imply that I don’t because I’m not ashamed of my body. We all have a different level of comfort, my line is that people can look but there is no touching. I’m not saying I would walk around half naked or anything, but a quick 3 second flash doesn’t bother me.

EmpressPixie's avatar

It’s not really possible to leave early unless you parked waaaaaaaay far away. The parade traffic is a nightmare. And generally, no parents don’t take kids home early. Though they do generally avoid the quarter if they can just because the stupid, drunk tourists will be there (as opposed to the stupid, drunk locals). Also because everything is really cramped in the quarter, but the Metairie route, for example, just has more ROOM.

Emdean1's avatar

@jbfletcherfan & @eliajahsuicide LIVE A LITTLE LADIES
Not necessary to speak badly about my boyfriend either!

Emdean1's avatar

@Mr_M the kiddies aren’t out where I am!

onesecondregrets's avatar

I’m too self conscious for that. I’ll take the easy way out, find beads off the ground or something.

elijah's avatar

@Emdean1 I didn’t say anything about your bf, and worry not, I live plenty.

Mr_M's avatar

@Emdean1 “The kiddies aren’t out where you are?” I guess you mean the top half of your body! (hehehe)

Emdean1's avatar

@elijahsuicide different strokes for different folks!

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Emdean1 heh heh heh stroke

jonsblond's avatar

@Emdean1 Just because I don’t want to show my boobs to drunk strangers doesn’t make me a prude. I live in my own way.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@jonsblond Ahem, drunk strangers with cameras.

jonsblond's avatar

@EmpressPixie I know! I’d rather not be a girl gone wild!

syz's avatar

Why? For $.20 beads? If I was going to sell myself, I certainly wouldn’t sell myself so cheaply.

Emdean1's avatar

@jonsblond didn’t say you were a prude.

jonsblond's avatar

@Emdean1 I know, but when you say “live a little”, you kind of imply it. kind of

Emdean1's avatar

Read it how you will. Just answering the question thats all.

elijah's avatar

@syz I wouldn’t do it for the crappy beads, I would do it just to have fun. I don’t look down on people who wouldn’t do it, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

Emdean1's avatar

You can always go buy your own beads BUT THATS JUST NO FUN

Mr_M's avatar

I’ll go as high as 40 cent beads!!

jonsblond's avatar

@Emdean1 I have nothing against people that want to do this. “Different strokes” as you said. I was just answering also. :)

Emdean1's avatar

I am wearing beads at work right now
I didn’t flash anyone for them :)

elijah's avatar

@jonsblond I lurve you with or without seeing your boobs!!
And just to be clear, I’m not saying I would flash people in any old situation. I’m saying mardi gras, New Orleans!

Mr_M's avatar

@Emdean1 , if you’re feeling guilty about that, do you have a webcam? (hehehe)

Mr_M's avatar

@jonsblond , we can PRETEND we’re in New Orleans!!!

Emdean1's avatar

Not guilty at all :)
I draw the line at web cam. See i have morals :)

Mr_M's avatar

My loss.

jonsblond's avatar

Ok ladies. On the count of three, we all lift our shirts in honor of Mardi Gras! It’s virtual titty time!

One
Two
Three!!!

:D

Emdean1's avatar

@jonsblond HAHA thats great!

Mr_M's avatar

In that case, have some 40 cent beads from me!!!

bythebay's avatar

A long, long, time ago…in a town far, far, away from my own…where nobody knew me except the friends I was there with…after many, many, fruity drinks… ;)

tinyfaery's avatar

Not for beads, but I’d do it to be bratty and risque.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i don’t think boobs are a big deal, but the idea of flashing them for plastic beads is pretty pathetic.

skfinkel's avatar

The idea of trading anything about your body for payment of any kind (even those cheap beads) strikes me oddly. The notion that most everyone is drunk, that they are goaded on, that people would suggest taking pictures (thereby undermining what at least is a spontaneous event) cheapens the situation even more. I realize people are “having fun” but I wonder if it would be so much fun sober? And if it wouldn’t be done sober, or would be done with less abandon sober, what are we really talking about?

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