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    New Orleans Mardi Gras

    The celebration of Mardi Gras or "fat tuesday" came to Louisiana from Paris, where it had been celebrated since the middle ages. In the early 19th century, the public celebration of Mardi Gras consisted mainly of maskers on foot, in carriages and on horseback. Violent behavior during the mid 1800's called for an end to Mardi Gras.

    However a group of New Orleanians saved the New Orleans Mardi Gras by forming the Comus organization in 1857. They beautified the celebration and proved that it could be enjoyed in a safe and festive manner. Comus coined the word "krewe", presenting a themed parade with floats and costumed maskers, and staging balls.

    A new century brought some difficult years. World War 1 canceled Mardi Gras in 1918-1919, struggled during Prohibition and the Great Depression of the 1930's. The fifties and sixties were characterized by turbulence and change but Mardi Gras survived.

    The Mardi Gras Doubloon

    Mardi Gras Doubloons are aluminum coin like objects bearing the krewe's insignia on one side and the parade's theme on the reverse. They were first introduced by the Krewe "Rex" in 1960 and created by New Orleans artist Alvin Sharpe. Doubloons are also minted in .999 silver and bronze.

    Pat O'Brien Good For Mardi Gras Token Irish Dollar 1966

    Pat O'Brien's New Orleans, LA
    1966 First Year of Issue

    The Mardi Gras "Good For" Doubloon

    Popeyes - 1976 - Good For 1/4 Fried Chicken
    1976 Popeyes Doubloon
    Good For 1/4 Fried Chicken
    Straya Cafe - 1995 - Good For Coors Beer
    1995 Straya Cafe Doubloon
    Good For One Coors Beer
    Straya Cafe - 1995 - Good For Coors Beer
    1994 Copeland's Doubloon
    Good For One Free Onion-Mum

    To entice customers to visit their store, some New Orleans merchants distributed doubloons that were good for merchandise before and after but not on Mardi Gras day. This tradition dates back to the 1920's when Harry Hyman, a New Orleans tailor, would throw his tokens into Mardi Gras crowds. Perhaps inspiring the now-popular doubloons in 1960. Many New Orleans area businesses continue this tradition today.

    The early Mardi Gras "Good For" doubloons were issued by Pat O'Brien's in 1966. Popeye's in the mid 1970's and Pizza Hut in 1985 followed by Straya Cafe and Copeland's in the 1990's. Coca Cola issued some very interesting pieces in 1988 and 1989.

    Mardi Gras Tokens For Sale

    1967 Mardi Gras Token

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    Token:1968 Mardi Gras Barbershoppers Men of Song

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    [48379] 1968 TOKEN NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS

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    Vintage Wooden Nickel Token advertising KREW OF TUCKS MARDI GRAS' BIGGEST PARTY

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    1982 Carius Loves New Orleans Mardi Gras Token/Medal

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    Vintage 1967 Mardi-Gras Blue Jay Carnival Club Token Covington, LA LOT#A410

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    Carnival Days Mask Token - Knights of Revelry Doubloon

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    A191 - Jazz Cannibal, New Orleans - Skeleton Playing Saxophone At Mardi Gras

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    2~ Elks Krewe Of Orleanians / Mardi Gras 1966 / Aluminum Tokens

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    1969 Mardi Gras Biloxi, Mississippi Token - Gulf Coast Carnival Association

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    1965 Mardi Gras, Mobile Alabama, Trial Strike in Lead

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    Vintage 1968 Mardi Gras New Orleans Penny Pinchers Token XF

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    CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG - Mardi Gras Doubloon Token 1979

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    TOKEN BACCHUS CIRCUS PARADE 1968 MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS TOKEN #TKB07

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    SEXY LADY MARDI GRAS BLUE ....LULLABY OF PANDORA ...1984

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    U.N. Token ~ 1979 Delegates to the United Nations Mardi Gras Doubloon

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    HORSE Token -COWBOY- TEEPEES "WESTERN WORLD ADVENTURES" Mardi Gras Doubloon 1981

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    TOKEN #2082 - 1976 - NEW ORLEANS - MARDI GRAS

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    TOKEN #2081 - ENDYMION - NEW ORLEANS - MARDI GRAS

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    TOKEN #2085 - KREWE OF IRIS - NEW ORLEANS - MARDI GRAS

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