Krewe of Tucks Mardi Gras Parade
26 February 22 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pmFree
Krewe of Tucks Parade
We assemble at the Krewe of Tucks Mardi Gras Parade line up at Tchoupitoulas near Marengo, by no later than 10:00 a.m. The parade rolls at Noon. We will be the first float group in the parade so you may approach from the front, which is atypical because usually we like it in the rear. Lunch, usually gumbo, jambalaya, and poboys, is served near the float. Please bring anything that you want to drink on the float. Ice will be provided. Bathrooms are available on each float and atypically luxurious for a Mardi Gras float; air freshening is provided by a steady stream of diesel exhaust from the might tractors hauling the largest triple and only mobile music hall in Mardi Gras.
Wrist bands are required for entrance to the floats and participation in the Krewe of Tucks Parade. The same wrist band is also required for entrance to the Krewe “Brawl” Extravaganza, which immediately follows the parade. More details on the Brawl appear below. Please obtain your wrist band from the lunch table; wrist bands for late comers will be available either at lunch table or from one of the Float Lieutenants on the float to which you have been assigned. Float Lieutenants will be introduced during Le Fête and a written test, consisting of seventeen Pimm’s Cups, will follow to ensure your retention of the necessary knowledge.
All beads are provided and will be pre-loaded on the float. Costumes, too, are provided. You may pick up your costume in advance or it will be available on the float. No hauling beads or chasing around after costumes components. Your sole responsibility on Parade Day is to enjoy the (hopefully) excellent weather and laissez les bons temps rouler.
Every float has unique, custom designed beads and throws along with many Krewe of Tucks throws. The Fat Bankers have no generic throws; everything is Fat Banker- or Krewe of Tucks-branded. This year will feature the Fat Bankers’ first LP and MP3 music download, the ImmunoFunk Vaccination, which features live performances from Fridays from the Funky Uncle, the concert series the Fat Bankers have hosted to raise money for gig worker relief since the beginning of the pandemic. The LP is submitted for a Grammy® Award and is available on Spotify and Apple. But the only place to get a physical copy will be from one of our floats, a Mardi Gras first, and you’ll be a part of this historic event.
An abundant supply of beads for all 200 riders is preloaded on each float for communal use; the Fat Bankers do not individually mark bead “packages” for individual use. Through many years of parading we have found that the communal approach is more fun, easier, and less apt to create tension and worry about purchasing “enough.” We ask only that everyone abide by the Funk maxim: “Take what you want but leave some for me.”
The Krewe of Tucks hosts an after-parade Extravaganza at the Canal Street Marriott, mere feet from where the Parade ends, creating little challenge in refreshening your cocktail at one of the many open bars. The Krewe Ball is more of a Krewe “Brawl,” featuring several bands and other entertainment. A large buffet dinner is also served.
The Krewe of Tucks Mardi Gras Parade, Pre-Parade lunch, and Extravanganza are free to Fat Bankers’ riders. Guest tickets for the Extravaganza are available from the Krewe at email@example.com. We recommend you act early because Extravaganza tickets oftentimes sell out and we have no control over the Krewe of Tucks’s sales policies.