50 years later, Tucks is still having fun

For the Krewe of Tucks, when it comes to Carnival, you never have to grow up. 
This year Tucks celebrates its 50th anniversary. But the early years didn't come without its hiccups.
"The beginning is foggy when we started for Bob Reichert and myself and some other PKT fraternity people from Loyola. We were in college, and I was in college for the first seven years of the parade. It's foggy about what happened in those seven years, and now that I'm 69, everything is foggy," said krewe captain and co-founder Lloyd Frischhertz.

Frischhertz says the early years were something else.
"We get a parade permit and, you know, boats, trucks, pick-up truck, flambeauxs. One of our members borrowed his dad's boat and we put like 30 people in it, and you can't put that kind of weight in it when it's out of the water. The bottom fell through. I hate to see when he brought it home," added Frischhertz.

The krewe eventually went from boats to floats and has always kept its love of bathroom humor.

"In 1971 a group of law students and pre-med students crashed the Krewe of Tucks. They called themselves the Krewe of SOFF and they had kings and queens sitting on the toilets," said Frischhertz.

The Tucks king reigns with a large plunger, and some of the most desired throws from the krewe to this day include beautifully decorated toilet brushes.

"A throne can't go without toilet paper and it can't go without a plunger and a toilet brush either. So, the toilet paper began." laughed Frischhertz.

Frischhertz admits he never imagined all those years ago that the krewe would become what it is today.

"When a bunch of college kids, freshman, juniors and sophomores, they're not looking 50 years ahead. They're not looking two years ahead. They are looking at a moment in time," said Frischhertz.

The krewe lost co-founder Bob Reichert right before last year's parade after he passed from an illness.

Frischhertz misses his friend and said it's not the same without him.

"So we started the parade and for 48, going on 49 years. We ran the parade together. It was a great marriage. I don't know how many marriages last 48 or 49 years," said Frischhertz.

He said his sons, along with Reichert's children, will carry on what they started all those years ago when he's gone.

Frischhertz said Tucks will never take itself seriously.

"If you can't make fun of yourself, you shouldn't live life. You've got to make fun of yourself. You have to look at your humanity and look at all of your faults and be able to get joy out of it," he said.

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