About the Krewe of Tchefuncte
Organized in 1973, the Krewe of Tchefuncte grew out of a love for the Tchefuncte River and the traditions and history of the Town of Madisonville. The Krewe celebrates maritime life on the historic river, located on LA-Hwy 22 between Mandeville and Ponchatoula. Founded in 1817, the town is one of the oldest communities in Louisiana and is the oldest permanent settlement in St. Tammany Parish.
Every year the Krewe chooses a Court that represents them through the Mardi Gras season and at various local events throughout the year. Members of the Court are chosen based on their accomplishements, community involvement and ties to the Town of Madisonville. The names of the King and Queen are a closely guarded secret and are not revealed until the Annual Mardi Gras Ball.
The Ball is followed up the next week with the Annual Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade on the Tchefuncte River. Decorated boats start at Salty's Marina, then head downriver, thru the bridge to Marina del Ray where it turns and docks on both the north and south sides of the Hwy 22 bridge.
The theme is revealed shortly before the end of the year. It is a much anticipated announcement each year and the theme ties in the ball and the parade.
The Krewe of Tchefuncte Parade sails on the Tchefuncte River along the Madisonville RIverfront 2 weekends before Mardi Gras Day.
The Kings Club consists of former Kings and is a valuable resource for The Krewe of Tchefuncte. The former Kings work with the Krewe to choose the King for Mardi Gras season. They provide valuable help and resources to get the Ball and the Parade organized and host the annual Kings Club dinner for the new King of the Krewe.
The Queens Club consists of former Queens and is the newest addition to the Krewe of Tchefuncte's rich history. Former Queens are a much valued part of the Krewe and, like the Kings Club, provides the Krewe with help to carry on the traditions and activities that make the Krewe of Tchefuncte so unique.