After growing up in New Orleans and living in several other cities including New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami, Lou moved to Seattle to take a job as a Chef for a local sports team. (GO, HAWKS!) He immediately fell in love with Seattle and decided this is where he’ll settle down.
Lou had always heard Seattle called the “Emerald City,” but never really understood what that meant.
“In the South things are green…at least until it gets hot, then everything is brown, not so here. My first spring in Capitol Hill, I experienced the “Emerald” part of the city. I have never seen more brilliant vibrant color. It definitely lives up to the name.”
Lou ran across the job posting for Ride the Ducks of Seattle on Craigslist and applied as an afterthought, never thinking he would even get a call. When we did, he was shocked – thinking, maybe we needed a chef? Instead, we asked him to audition.
Lou says, “During training there were times I wasn’t sure if this job was for me, but it turns out I’m a natural… at least in my own mind. I love the job and it really doesn’t feel like working every day when I come to Ride the Ducks. I can really see myself working here giving tours 20 years from now.”
Welcome to the team, Lou Zanna – we hope you’ll stay for 20 years, too!
As you can imagine, being a tour guide at Ride the Ducks is a ton of fun and you get to listen to a lot of great music. Our Quackmasters of Fun have compiled a Spotify playlist of some of their favorite songs that you might hear on your Duck Tour. If you ride with Lou Zanna, be sure to request Sweet Caroline!