History of the Krewe
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.
The Krewe typically parades 2 Saturdays before Mardi Gras at 1:00 pm.
Way Back When
Mardi Gras in Madisonville has a long history that dates back to 1891 when the first Mardi Gras Ball was held in town at the United Benevolent Hall by the Women's Progressive Club. For 122 years, the tradition has been sporadically celebrated with Balls, street parades and, for the past 42 years, with the Krewe of Tchefuncte Boat Parade and Ball.