The Krewe of Tchefuncte was organized in 1973. It is a boat parade that cruises the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, Louisiana two Saturdays before Mardi Gras.
While most Mardi Gras Krewe’s charge yearly dues and have a closed membership, the Krewe of Tchefuncte is open to all boaters on a first come basis for a small registration fee.
The boat parade celebrates maritime life on the historic river. The town of Madisonville was founded in 1817. It is one of the oldest communities in Louisiana and is the oldest permanent settlement in St. Tammany Parish.