What goes into making a Zulu coconut?

What goes into making a Zulu coconut?

Credit: Photo by Chad Bower / Eyewitness News

Belfield said the old methodology used to skip draining the coconuts, giving it a heavier feel. While some coconuts nowadays still keep the inside intact, because of rising insurance costs the club has had to drain more of them, Belfield said.

Before this recent trend of draining the coconut, it was common for the weight of the total amount of coconuts on the float to exceed the weight of all the riders.

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by Chad Bower / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 10:22 PM

The Zulu coconut is the most coveted item thrown in any Mardi Gras parade. Just the sight of one has sent parade-goers into fits for more than 100 years.

We wondered how exactly these coconuts are made and where they come from, so we went to the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club headquarters to speak with the experts to try and find out.

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