KREWE OF CORK®
Founded in November of 2000, the seeds were planted and the Krewe of Cork began. That year, there was no parade. Just a group of wine lovers gathering at The Bistro at Maison de Ville the first Friday of every month, coining the term TGICD (Thank God it’s Cork Day). In February of 2001, while luncheon in a Mardi Gras decorated Bistro, King Patrick presented the Royal Proclamations and titles for the Krewe.
Patrick Van Hoorebeek – Royal King for Life
Bill Trufant – Royal Captain
Michael Trufant – Royal Duke
Frank Piccolo – Royal Barrister
Greg Picolo – Royal Chef
The first Queen of Cork, Mary Reynolds, was also presented and a Krewe begins!
The Krewe has evolved over the years and has become more than 400 members strong and refer to themselves as Corkians. The Krewe of Cork members consist of local New Orleanians, as well as members from throughout the state of Louisiana, from various states throughout the county, in addition to International members.
The tradition of the monthly Friday luncheon continues today. Krewe members gather the first Friday of each month, at restaurants throughout the area for T.G.I.C.D. The Krewe also participates in the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) Royal Street Stroll in June, which unfortunately was suspended in 2020 due to Covid and has not yet been re-established. However, King Patrick has continued the tradition where Krewe members, donned in festive togas, parade though the French Quarter after their June Luncheon at the World Famous Antoine’s Restaurant. The Krewe’s main event of the year is the Mardi Gras season parade and festivities. The day begins with a luncheon at the World Famous Court of Two Sisters, followed by a parade through the French Quarter. The parade is lead by Krewe of Cork’s King, Queen, and Grand Marshal. After winding through the French Quarter, the parade enters the Roya Sonesta Hotel for a post-parade party hosted by the King and Queen.