Originally Posted by solarity
I have always wondered this, but have never asked. Why are there beads and ladies undergarments hanging from a couple of trees? Does it have something to relate to Mardi Gras? I never have seen this before, though I have read one other mountain having ladies under garments on trees.
A lot of the beads are from people that live in New Orleans fleeing the area during Mardi Gras. Since it is during ski season, they usually will stop by and give it a try. They bring the beads with them. We seem to get a flood of them in East Tennessee / The Great Smokey Mountains area.
One of my favorite sights during this time are the black tour groups and church groups. They come up from New Orleans by the bus load. They will rent ski equipment and buy a lift ticket, and then take a class just to stand on the snow with the skis and take pictures, and then they will go straight back to the bus. And I mean hundreds of people a day do this!