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Krewe of Tucks parade viewing party offers glimpses of Loyola centennial float

January 18, 2013

What started as a rag-tag parade of cars pulling boats founded by Loyola University New Orleans students Lloyd Frischhertz '70, J.D. '73 and Mike Abadie '71, in 1969 has become a mainstay of the New Orleans Carnival season. The Krewe of Tucks parade, with its now-elaborate floats and signature irreverence, is a Loyola Mardi Gras tradition. Loyola’s Alumni Association is sponsoring a Krewe of Tucks parade viewing party Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mia’s Balcony, located at 1622 St. Charles Ave. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Loyola alumni, family and friends are all invited to attend and may register online for the parade viewing party. All registrants will receive a wristband allowing access to an open-style buffet featuring New Orleans Creole food, beer and soft drinks, as well as use of private restrooms and access in and out of the venue. Venue space is limited to the first 75 registrants.

To celebrate the university’s 100-year history, an official Loyola centennial float will debut in the Louisiana history-themed Krewe of Tucks parade. The Loyola float’s central feature is an iconic rendering of Marquette Hall. The three-level float will carry a band of Loyola alumni, family, faculty and staff merry makers. Loyola riders will throw items commemorating Loyola’s centennial, including cups and special centennial beads. The float was designed and constructed by Blaine Kern Studios. The Loyola dance team and cheerleaders will march in the parade ahead of the float and perform a special cheer on arriving at the Alumni Association's viewing party.

The university will also capture this year’s parade on social media with its Krewe of Tucks Instagram Contest for a chance to win four tickets to the Alumni Reunion Cocktail Reception at The Cannery May 11. The winner’s photo will also appear as the cover photo for the University Facebook page and will appear as one of the rotating images on the University’s website. Follow @Loyola_NOLA on Instagram and send Krewe of Tucks photos using the hashtag #TucksLoyno. Those not attending the parade can still enter Instagram photos of past Tucks beads or glasses. The contest kicks off Jan. 19, and a winner will be chosen at noon on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13.

For more information, visit alumni.loyno.edu/tucksparty13 or call 504-861-5454.

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