Please join us celebrating the launch of TUCKS MAKES FIFTY: Legacies of an Irreverent, Joyful Carnival Krewe by Coleman Warner who will be appearing with Tucks founder Lloyd Frischhertz for a presentation and signing.
TUCKS MAKES FIFTY, an unconventional work of Carnival and social history, explores the birth, evolution and irreverent personality of the Krewe of Tucks. This 152-page book offers a rich collection of memories, media accounts, images and illustrations, exploring how an Animal House-style krewe launched by partying college students--and initially dismissed by parade traditionalists--has become an immensely popular and enduring feature of Mardi Gras. Book design by David Johnson, foreword by Errol Laborde, with photographic contributions by Armand "Sheik" Richardson and others.
Coleman Warner, a writer, historian and museum executive, spent twenty-five years with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, following reporting stints with The Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi) and The Denver Post. His love of history led to graduate studies at the University of New Orleans and to work on family history projects. He is currently immersed in war history, serving in administrative and research roles at The National WWII Museum.
The Carnival parading and gala season is all about tradition, ritual and a sense of history blended with fun. A half-century ago, a new sort of Carnival organization, the Krewe of Tucks, began challenging tradition, infusing the celebration with new rituals and symbols, leaving its own mark on the New Orleans cultural narrative.