More to Chew On: Mardi Gras

  • By The Chew Crew

The Chew Crew is bringing everyone a taste of New Orleans in honor of the world famous Mardi Gras celebration. Test your knowledge of this outrageous carnival by checking out these shocking statistics.

15 % who attend Mardi Gras report having sex. Is the actual statistic over or under?

OVER! According to a study conducted by the University of Windsor, 32% of Mardi Gras attendees reported having sex during the festival!

Over 5 million pounds of plastic beads are thrown during Mardi Gras. Is the actual statistic over or under?

UNDER! There are actually 4.8 million pounds of plastic beads thrown during the celebration. This tradition began in the 1920s. The floats toss beads into the crowd, and women compete to receive the most strands.

On average, 3,000 tons of trash are collected the day after Mardi Gras. Is the actual statistic over or under?

OVER! It is estimated that 4,000 tons of trash will be cleaned up the day after Mardi Gras. Let’s hope the garbage men ate a lot of King Cake yesterday to keep them fueled for collection day!


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