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Loyola centennial float debuts in Krewe of Tucks parade

January 25, 2013

What started as a rag-tag parade of cars pulling boats founded in 1969 by Loyola University New Orleans students Lloyd Frischhertz '70, J.D. '73 and Mike Abadie '71, has become an elaborate mainstay of the New Orleans Carnival season. To celebrate the university’s 100-year history, an official Loyola centennial float will debut in the Louisiana history-themed Krewe of Tucks parade this year.

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 at Mia's Balcony on St. Charles Ave.

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 kicked off Jan. 19, and a winner will be chosen at noon on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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