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Mack the Quack

Updated: Dec 3, 2018

Mack Cuenca is one clown who’s seen it all. It was in the late 1970s that his wife encouraged him to buy Saints

season tickets and they began wearing angel halos and wings to the games. These devoted fans haven’t stopped


Cuenca’s Super Fan persona evolved over the years as he experimented with signature looks like Saintly Simon Legree and Sir Saints-A–Lot, wearing them to games and fundraisers around town. Then, for the Saints first home playoff game, he added suspenders and boxer shorts, topping it off with the now-familiar gold nose, face paint and snazzy umbrella. Add in his happy demeanor and kazoo playing, and the look was a hit. Fans loved it, and dubbed him Mack the Quack, the Who Dat Clown. The clown character is now also immortalized in a life-sized mural inside the Superdome. A gesture, he says, that makes his clown heart truly proud.

On game day, Cuenca spends about an hour getting his face paint just right. After a little tailgating, he allows

some time to make his way to The Dome, posing for photos and stopping to create balloon animals for kids along the route. Once inside, it’s all about exciting fans and making enough ruckus from Section 137 to disrupt the opposing team—a contribution Who Dats have appreciated for almost 40 years.


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