About the Fools
Witnessing the absence of proper Twelfth Night merrymaking on the Northshore, the St. John Fools of Misrule was formed to announce the arrival of Carnival season to St. Tammany Parish.
The organization's rituals are derived from an ancient English men's group that clamored along the evening streets, creating unruliness with cowbells and whips while delivering jeers and spankings to those caught on the street unaware.
The Fools of Misrule integrated into its name homage to the historic St. John District of old Covington (1813) where the group was founded and where it conducts its bawdy annual procession.
In addition to its signature Twelfth Night Feast of Fools & March, the group hosts a wide variety of events for its members throughout the year. A crawfish boil in the spring, a cochon du lait in the fall, a Christmas party during the holiday season and a massive one-day music festival that's free to the public are all don't-miss events on our social calendar. Other events featuring Fools being fools include bus tours, a chicken drop/football party and several Fools on Friday events at local establishments.
Fools Fest, the music festival created by the group in 2021, is a major platform for the Fools' charitable efforts. The one day event, featuring live music from both local and nationally-known recording artists, attracts dozens of local business sponsors and thousands of crazed music fans. While admission is completely free to the public, proceeds from food and beverage sales are put toward a post-festival donation to a local charity. Past Fools Fest beneficiaries include the Boys and Girls Club of Louisiana, Covington Chapter, and the St. Tammany Food Bank. This year's Beneficiary is the Fraternal Order of Police.