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This is New Orleans-speak for the plastic necklaces traditionally thrown off Mardi Gras floats. The plural is of course, "beads". The nicer the beads, the harder it is to acquire them without compromising your, er, honor.
The doubloons are also thrown from the parade floats, and may be a bit easier to get. They're shiny, plastic coins (usually coming in blue, purple, green, gold, and silver colors).
The organizers of the floats - the people who are masked and riding in the floats - are responsible for purchasing the beads and doubloons and as such, make the decisions as to whom they'll throw these spoils along the parade route. Quite often, the really nice glass beads, the more ornate "pearls", are saved, to be distributed later to family and friends at the balls.
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