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I never actually drive to New Orleans nor have I ever been there, but sometimes a thrifty find can take you there.  Last weekend I went to the new Salvation Army Thrift Store on Midlothian Turnpike.  They have some cool jewelry from time to time.  This trip was no exception.  I found about 5 cool pieces, but this one intrigued me the most. 

Using my trusty Google I happened upon this site.  Endymion, that the pendant references is the Krewe of Endymion which is a parade in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras festivities.  The pendant references the 1986 parade with the theme, What Might Have Been.  The monarchs for that parade were Frank Meduna III, Michelle Louise Muniz, and Paul Anka.

The medallion center is an oval doubloon which they toss to the parade watchers during the parade along with lots and lots of beads.  The original parade started in 1967, the date on the front of the coin.  Each year a new coin is designed with the theme for that year’s parade. 


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Founded in 1967 and named for the Olympian God of Fertility and Eternal Youth, this Krewe is the largest in Mardi Gras history, rising to "Super Krewe" status in 1974. Billing itself as "the largest non-military parade in the world," it annually selects celebrity Grand Marshals who also preside over the Endymion Extravaganza held in the Louisiana SuperDome immediately following the Parade. The motto of this Krew is: "Token of Youth" and its members also boast the phrase: "Throw ‘Til It Hurts!"

It is neat how sometimes a thrifty find can take you on a day trip without buying the gas, paying for the hotel or standing in lines.

Where has a thrifty find taken you?