Judging by my experience riding in Zulu, though, I didn’t learn much. Instead of having too few beads, I only had 12 beads and three sacks of coconuts. I was working on an hour and a half of sleep because I got home from the Bacchus Ball around 3 a.m., and I (thought) I had to be at the New Orleans Arena for Zulu just two hours later. I would have slept through that deadline if it weren’t for my dog slobbering all over my face on the couch. So at 5:45 a.m. I bolted out my door to try and make the beginning, which was set for 45 minutes from then, and get onto the float.