The season that almost every New Orleanian anticipates is upon us. The spirit of Mardi Gras season is making its way all around the city. Even through the toughest of times, our city remains resilient and always seeks out opportunities to persevere against any odds. This year is a prime example of that: Even though we won't be celebrating Mardi Gras on the streets, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate it virtually. The Krewe of Tucks invites all Carnival revelers to their virtual Tucks parade this Mardi Gras. The broadcast's purpose is to invoke joy and excitement to all people, especially those who were affected directly by the pandemic.
On Saturday, February 13, at noon, the virtual parade will be streamed via Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. Former Carnival royal Leslie Cooper and WGNO's Kenny Lopez will be the co-hosts. Live entertainment will be streamed for this virtual festivity, including a performance from SOUL Project NOLA, a live painting with internationally known NOLA artist Frenchy, and interviews with former Tucks royalty and the Tucks Charitable Foundation. And to bring a special and memorable touch to this year's Carnival craze, videos of Tucks parades from way back when will be shown.
Amid the Carnival excitement, the Krewe of Tucks is giving back, in order to provide local communities with the care that they need. Tucks will be making donations to the Children's Hospital of New Orleans and Magnolia Community Services, to help support these companies' missions to provide care and medical support for our loved ones and any in need. Additional donations will be made to local musicians and production workers who have been out of work due to the pandemic.