Krewe of Tucks
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The Krewe of Tucks is an organization that parades during New Orleans Mardi Gras, on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. It is known for its irreverence and satirical floats, including the King's Throne, a giant toilet.
Tucks began in 1969 as a group of Loyola University students. The club takes its name from Friar Tuck's, an Uptown New Orleans pub where two college students decided to create their own Carnival krewe after unsuccessfully trying to become white flambeaux carriers. The parade has grown from a small nighttime parade of pick-up trucks into a procession of major proportions. In 1983 the parade became a daytime event and in 1986 the parade route finally stretched to downtown. Past Kings include John Candy and Eugene Levy.
The Tucks parade begins on Napoleon Avenue, runs down St. Charles Avenue, and ends on Canal Street where the post-parade blowout, the Tucks Extravaganza, kicks into high gear. This huge party is open to the public by paid admission. Past performers include the Funky Meters, Dr. John, Irma Thomas and The Rascals.
Even though the club has grown in size and stature, Tucks has not lost its sense of humor and maintains its "Animal House" reputation.
The Krewe of Tucks Motto is "Booze, Beer, Bourbon, Broads".
Depictions in media
The Tucks Parade was depicted in "Confused & Abused", the fifth episode of the MTV reality television series The Real World: New Orleans, which aired in 2010. In the episode, the cast rode a float in the Tucks Parade.